FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem finds himself embroiled in more controversy after recent exchanges between FIA and F1 and previous sexist comments come to light . With this in mind, Sky Sports reports that the “last” thing Sulayem needs now is a “public showdown” with Lewis Hamilton.
This follows the latest FIA ruling prohibiting drivers from making personal, religious or political statements without prior approval. The seven-time champion is passionate about using his platform to fight racism and social issues while promoting diversity and inclusion in the sport.
The Mercedes driver has already caused public friction with the FIA after the FIA decided to ban drivers from wearing jewelry during races.
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A recent Sky Sports report said Liberty Media is calling for Mohammed Ben Sraem to replace Mohammed Ben Sraem as FIA president, so a “public confrontation with one of the world’s most popular athletes” could mean he’s at the moment. describes it as the last thing you need. The report states:
“Sky Sports News’ Craig Slater said this week that several executives within Formula 1 have questioned whether Ben Slyem’s tenure is an ever-increasing issue, as one of the world’s most popular athletes has been publicly criticized. He said there was a lively discussion between the team bosses over whether the rivalry was probably at issue, the last thing the bewildered FIA president needs at the moment.”
Hamilton has addressed issues surrounding the latest ruling, but has not officially commented directly. In an interview with The New York Times, he explained that he would rather not race than use his own platform to not have these difficult conversations.
The 2023 F1 season kicks off with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 3-5, followed by pre-season testing the week before.