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Ben Sulayem feels he was “sucked into F1” last year

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 20: Mohammed ben Sulayem, FIA President, interacts with Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner in parc ferme following the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 20, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202211202815 // Usage for editorial use only //

Mohammed Ben Sulayem felt that during his period as FIA president, which started more or less one year ago, he has been busier than expected due to all the work, especially from Formula 1.

In his first 12 months, Ben Sulayem had to deal with many issues and fix a few things regarding Formula 1. Some examples are the porpoising, or the new regulation changes that will enter the sport in 2026, new teams wanting to enter the sport, and also Red Bull and Aston Martin’s budget cap controversy.

This was not everything, though. Because as FIA president, Ben Sulayem also has other sports to manage and follow, such as the World Rally Championship.

The FIA president, in fact, admitted that he would like and he will try to give more time to rallying, as he feels he spent a lot of time with just Formula 1 lately.

“I have been dragged – and I’m being very straight and honest – I’ve been sucked into Formula 1. I definitely relied on a very reliable team, which is my team, to come to me with suggestions. But I believe this is the beginning, I am here, so I am going to manage my time between F1, rallying, and doing it.

“I have to give more time to rallying because we can fix it,” regarding the fact that he would like to bring Rally back to its glory days of the past.

In order to spend equal time with both sports, Ben Sulayem now relies on a new FIA structure that he hopes will help him not to be sucked into F1 only.

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