Mohammed ben Sulayem, the president of Formula One’s governing frame the FIA, is going through recent grievance following a declare of alleged sexism inside of his organisation. The Guardian understands the allegations weren’t taken significantly in what’s the newest in a chain of incidents thought to be poorly treated by means of Ben Sulayem that have resulted in in style sadness along with his management within the F1 paddock.
The Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday that Shaila-Ann Rao, the FIA’s former intervening time secretary common for motorsport who left the group closing December, had despatched a letter to Ben Sulayem and to the president of the FIA senate, Carmelo Sanz de Barros, detailing circumstances of sexist habits on the FIA and likewise complained that the criticism was once no longer correctly investigated.
A senior supply inside the recreation showed the life of the criticism. The FIA, alternatively, issued a rebuttal declaring it took the allegations significantly and that it had adopted procedures.
“With regards to the specific allegations surrounding Shaila-Ann Rao, due process was followed, with an amicable negotiation conducted by the president of the senate and, as such, no referrals were made to the ethics committee. As previously stated, both parties agreed she would leave her position in November 2022 and mutual privacy terms were agreed as is common business practice,” the statement read.
“With regards to the other allegations, there have been no complaints received against the president. Should the FIA ethics committee or compliance officer receive any complaint from a member of staff it will be dealt with in a comprehensive manner by our panel of independent elected ethics committee members which has been in place since 2012.”
The row is the latest in a series of controversies for Ben Sulayem that have caused confidence in the 61-year-old from the UAE to plummet. In relation to this latest altercation one insider told the Guardian: “He is, unfortunately, an open and working shaggy dog story within the paddock.”
Ben Sulayem had already become embroiled in accusations of sexism when quotes he had made on his old personal website more than 20 years ago became public in which he stated he did “not like women who think they are smarter than men … for they are not, in truth”.
The FIA reacted to that by stating that the comment did not reflect the president’s current beliefs but Ben Sulayem made no formal statement or apology.
Ben Sulayem has become increasingly at odds with F1’s owners, not least after he made public comments questioning the sport’s commercial value, to which F1 reacted strongly with a legal letter, warning he had interfered with their rights in an “unacceptable” fashion. His initial objection to the increase in sprint races, supported by all the teams and F1, was contentious as was the FIA’s insistence on policing the letter of the law in relation to Lewis Hamilton wearing jewelery while racing. Both were agendas understood to have been pushed personally by Ben Sulayem.
The FIA’s investigation into the arguable choice on the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP which determined the championship that season was once additionally brushed aside as useless, whilst its choice to clamp down on drivers expressing their critiques on social and political problems has been met with condemnation from inside of and with out sports activities.