AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 21: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks with Mohammed ben Sulayem, FIA President, on the grid during the Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of United States at Circuit of The Americas on October 21, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202310220037 // Usage for editorial use only //

Ben Sulayem exonerated by FIA Ethics Committee

AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 21: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks with Mohammed ben Sulayem, FIA President, on the grid during the Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of United States at Circuit of The Americas on October 21, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202310220037 // Usage for editorial use only //

Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) President Mohammed Ben Sulayem has been exonerated by an independent investigation by FIA Ethics Committee

They found no evidence of interference by the Chief of Formula 1 ruling at last year’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and also his alleged role in certifying the safety of the track ahead of the first race in Las Vegas.

According to the statement, over the past month, the investigation had President Ben Sulayem’s “complete cooperation, transparency, and compliance throughout the process during this investigation was greatly appreciated.”

After interviewing 11 witnesses regarding the races last year, investigators concluded: “Allegations against the FIA President were unsubstantiated and strong evidence beyond any reasonable doubt was presented to support the determination of the FIA Ethics Committee.”

Ben Sulayem is in the third year of a four-year term as president of the organisation which is also Formula 1’s governing body, regulation-makers and policers of those rules. The 62-year-old Emirati is the organisation’s first non-European president. He succeeded Jean Todt at the end of 2021.

Full Statement:

FIA Ethics Committee finds no evidence of interference by FIA President in 2023 Formula 1 events in Saudi Arabia and Las Vegas after independent investigation

The FIA Compliance Department, supported by external advisors, conducted thorough inquiries over allegations of potential interference in sporting decisions during Formula 1 events in 2023.

After reviewing the results of the inquiries, the Ethics Committee were unanimous in their determination that there was no evidence to substantiate allegations of interference of any kind involving the FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

Concerns over potential interference were brought to the attention of the FIA Compliance Officer and subsequently passed to the FIA Ethics Committee under Article 32.2.5 of the FIA Statutes.

There followed a robust and wide-ranging independent review spanning 30 days, which included interviews with 11 witnesses.

Allegations against the FIA President were unsubstantiated and strong evidence beyond any reasonable doubt was presented to support the determination of the FIA Ethics Committee.

The FIA President was cleared of any wrongdoing regarding allegations (i) to have interfered with the Stewards’ decision to reverse an additional penalty on Car 14 following a challenge from the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2023 and (ii) to have attempted to interfere with the track certification process for the Las Vegas Grand Prix 2023.

The certification was completed and approved in due time. The President’s complete co-operation, transparency, and compliance throughout the process during this investigation was greatly appreciated.