Exclusive: FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem says it’s been challenging yet enjoyable 11 months
Sulayem stated when he started his term, there were particular lawful as well as monetary problems, which had actually been ironed out, which indicates currently he can concentrate on expanding the sporting activity
Mohammed Ben Sulayem is flourishing in his duty as the FIA Head of state as well as has strategies to expand the sporting activity around the world as well as raise equal rights, variety as well as incorporation.
In a special meeting, Sulayem, that took fee in December 2021, underscored that the previous 11 months has actually been testing yet satisfying.
” It has actually been a tough 11 months. It has actually been satisfying, difficult in some cases, however total I’m appreciating it. I needed to check out what’s taking place very first. What we see from outdoors prior to you enter, is various from when you are currently in,” he stated throughout the F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2022 at Yas Marina Circuit.
Sulayem stated when he started his term, there were particular lawful as well as monetary problems, which had actually been ironed out, which indicates currently he can concentrate on expanding the sporting activity.
” Individuals state we have an old federation. Yes, we are happy it’s old, however it must be old in age, as well as not old in the method we assume. Upgrading the Federation was among my greatest difficulties. Since I’m better with the monetary problems that we had. And also I enjoy with the lawful problem. Currently I can focus on expanding motorsport. We need to take a look at the variety, which is really vital for us. It is a Federation for every person,” he stated as well as mentioned that equipping females as well as participants has actually constantly been a huge component of FIA vision as well as procedures.
Sulayem kept in mind that he has actually made a number of enhancements, consisting of dealing with the monetary as well as lawful problems, safety and security issues like auto jumping on the F1 track, as well as brand-new collection of regulations, consisting of the power system policy for the 2026 period.
” There are some regulations we transformed this year as well as a few of them are for the following year as well as some, the major one is for the power system for 2026. We have actually functioned really hard. We spoke with various other groups as well as currently it’s seeing the light. So, trademark is being done currently.”
Sulayem stated that the sporting activity was going through a “change” stage with a correct preparation as well as implementation of modifications, consisting of having numerous race supervisors.
” We had various other problems with our very own human mistakes when it pertains to guardians as well as race supervisors. Currently we remain in a shift. We have a correct program. We have a strategy. Stopping working to strategy is a strategy to fall short. We have a strategy to move forward. We spoke with individuals. We can not rely upon just one or more race supervisors. This is a substantial company. It’s a huge sporting activity. We ought to likewise revolve excellent guardians as well as race supervisors.”
Abu Dhabi debate ‘behind us’
His term has actually been headlined by the experienced handling of the questionable season-ending F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021 where the race supervisor Michael Masi’s ‘human mistake’ enabled Red Bull’s Max Verstappen a chance to surpass Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on the last lap as well as win the champion.
Inquired about the event, Sulayem kept in mind that it was a shut phase.
” Allow’s have this behind us. Can we simply move forward? There has actually sufficed reversing. Yes, we had some problems. I was the very first one to increase the hand as well as confess that we had a couple of human mistakes. Being clear, we did a correct record when we had problems as well as stated it on the FIA site. So, we have absolutely nothing to conceal. Which is a brand-new method of running the FIA.”
Sulayem mentioned that his team got risks as well as struck out at social media sites intimidation by followers of chauffeurs.
” Yes, we appreciate excellent objection, favorable, I appreciate it, however after that you can not happen with the social media sites, which is ending up being out of hand. I am really safety of my team as well as authorities. We had risks on a few of my team. I elevated the flag. I will certainly do my severe finest with the correct media that we have right here globally, with the stakeholders, with the groups, with the chauffeurs, to quit this, to eliminate it as well as we can do that.”
Sulayem kept in mind that as the very first non-European head of state, he has actually had the ability to interact his schedule as well as intends with various other participants as well as obtain points done.
” I enjoy with what we have actually attained. It hasn’t been very easy. There has actually been a great deal of disturbance … disturbance exists. Yet we discuss it as well as we accomplish points.”