At a gathering of the F1 Fee final month, grand prix racing’s house owners Liberty Media and groups had been in settlement a couple of push to develop the variety of dash races to 6 subsequent 12 months.
Nevertheless, the plans didn’t transfer ahead after Ben Sulayem mentioned he wished extra time to think about the affect that the additional occasions would have on the FIA’s working of grand prix weekends.
His stance, amid ideas that the FIA confronted elevated prices due to the modifications, prompted insiders on the assembly to counsel that the problem was merely certainly one of “greed”.
It comes at a time when the brand new president is attempting to raised stability the books on the FIA as he goals to deal with big losses on the governing physique.
However talking concerning the matter for the primary time, Ben Sulayem has denied that he’s holding out for extra cash for the FIA.
“I didn’t ask for more cash but when I had I might have wished to make use of it in the best approach – to spend money on the correct regulation of the game,” he instructed the Each day Mail.
“We are saying System 1 is the top, and it’s, so we on the FIA want the assets to control the technical and monetary facet of a billion-dollar sport in a way that respects that. We’d like the potential to look at these requirements.
Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13
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“So, particularly with regard to the sprints, I’ve to see whether or not my staff on the bottom can soak up the additional workload the races would entail.
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“After Abu Dhabi (when Lewis Hamilton controversially misplaced the title to Max Verstappen) folks mentioned we should always change this or that.
“So I don’t perceive why we might abruptly ask the FIA staff to do extra. An incident occurs sooner or later, reminiscent of one involving a security automobile, after which what?
“We have to look into all this and make a wise choice. Allow us to run our operation. We’re going to repair it.”
Ben Sulayem instructed that he was very happy to provide his approval to the dash enlargement, if the FIA decides that there aren’t any downsides to the change.
“I assist the races if it’s the proper factor to do,” he added. “I’m not saying it’s the unsuitable factor. I’m saying there’s time to determine. That is for 2023, not this season. Our home isn’t on fireplace.
“We now have what is named a democracy: System 1 have a vote, the groups have a vote, I’ve a vote. For those who then say I can’t abstain or take time to check the proposals then you aren’t permitting me the liberty of democracy.”