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FIA member clubs of the Americas unite behind Ben Sulayem

ben sulayem FIA member clubs of the Americas unite behind Ben Sulayem

The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) are united behind Mohammed Ben Sulayem as Formula 1’s governing body makes a point with the signatures of 34 club bosses as a testament to their support for the President.

This comes in the wake of accusations directed at Ben Sulayem of interfering with proceedings during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and the Las Vegas Grand Prix, in 2023.

This prompted an internal investigation of their own President by the Federation’s Ethics Committee. They found no evidence of wrongdoing by Ben Sulayem who, according to the findings, offered “complete cooperation, transparency, and compliance throughout the process during this investigation was greatly appreciated.”

After interviewing 11 witnesses regarding the races last year, the Ethics Committee 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.”

This outcome prompted scepticism in certain sectors of the agenda-driven mainstream F1 media. Ben Sulayem then warned member clubs: “These events have unfolded with one clear objective: to target the very heart of our leadership and undermine the foundation of our federation.”

This suggests a ‘third-force’ at work in the F1 paddock seeking to undermine the FIA and its Chief amid what appears to be a power struggle between them up against F1 teams partnered with FOM and lobbying hard to undermine F1’s governing body.

However, anyone doubting the support Ben Sulayem has within the organisation he leads was silenced today by a show of force and solidarity from FIA Member Clubs and Sport Federations of America, expressing unwavering support for their President.

They wrote in a letter published on the Federation website:

  • That the FIA Ethics Committee, composed of external and independent members, has unanimously issued the report, in which they declare Mr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the FIA, is absolved of the unfounded accusations of interfering in the Formula 1 events held in Saudi Arabia and Las Vegas, in 2023.
  • That the resolution of the Ethics Committee ratifies that the President of the FIA, Mr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem, acted honourably, transparently and independently.
  • That accusations of impropriety and unethical practices propagated by some members of the print and digital media were intended for the sole purpose of causing harm to the FIA and its leadership, particularly the President.
  • That the selection of the FIA President is enshrined in the FIA Statutes and is the sole purview of its voting members and is not impacted by those from outside the organization who attempt, for their own self-interest, to intervene.
  • That we will recommend that the FIA initiate legal action against those who, without cause, slander the FIA and its leadership.
  • We endorse and ratify our vote of confidence in support of Mr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem, for his stewardship of the FIA and his progress to fulfilling his commitment to transform the FIA in an ethical and transparent manner in order to better serve its members.

Signed by 34 FIA Club bosses: