F1 rocked as FIA boss Mohammed ben Sulayem ‘quits’ key role

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Mohammed ben Sulayem gas decided to quit the hands-on running of the governing body amid tensions with F1 chiefs. The FIA boss said he would only concentrate on “strategic matters” with head of single-seaters, Nikolas Tombazis taking over the “day-to-day” running. 

However, it is understood Ben Sulayem will remain in his role as FIA president despite calls for him to resign. It comes after strained relations between the FIA and F1 after a series of conflicts on the eve of the new season. 

Ben Sulayem revealed the new approach in an apparent letter to team bosses. According to the Daily Mail, it reads “My stated objective was to be a non-executive president via the recruitment of a team of professional managers, which has now been largely completed. 

“Therefore, going forward, your day-to-day contact for all matters on F1 will be with Nikolas (Tombazis, director of single-seater racing) and his team, while I will focus on strategic matters with my leadership team.”

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