F1 peace efforts underway between FIA and Liberty – press

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F1 peace efforts underway between FIA and Liberty – press

A potential reconciliation is emerging between Formula 1’s main governing bodies – the FIA, and the F1 commercial rights holder owned by Liberty Media.

A potential reconciliation is emerging between Formula 1’s main governing bodies – the FIA, and the F1 commercial rights holder owned by Liberty Media.

Since Mohammed Ben Sulayem became FIA president in late 2021, he has frequently clashed with Liberty and Formula One Management, as well as with many of the ten teams.

Despite facing criticism, scandals, and power struggles, the new FIA chief has managed to maintain his position.

Multiple letters of support for Ben Sulayem from voting FIA members have been posted on the federation’s website in recent weeks.

The latest letter, signed by members from the Asia Pacific region, expresses their “deeply concerned” stance regarding recent allegations against Ben Sulayem.

However, as the Concorde Agreement negotiations intensify before the current document expires next year, F1 and the FIA have released a joint statement signaling a potential end to their conflict.

The statement emphasized that, as F1 “has never been so strong,” both entities “are committed to delivering the best outcomes for the whole sport.”

“To that end, both parties are developing a new strategic plan that will allow us to seize the opportunities and further enhance the potential for F1 in the years ahead,” the statement added.

La Gazzetta dello Sport correspondent Salvo Sardina noted that the statement indicates a desire for F1 and the FIA to put their disagreements behind them.

“They are phrases (in the statement) that seem to clear the field of the various controversies between the FIA and F1,” he said, “protagonists of not too veiled clashes starting from December 2021.”

Two weeks ago in Miami, Ben Sulayem mentioned that his relationship with F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali “has never been better than now.”

Sardina concluded, “Continuing the power struggle between the FIA and Liberty could in the long run have proved counterproductive for all those involved.”

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