According to a report, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem is “increasingly upset” that F1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali is perceived as the boss, so he could use Andretti to hit back.
Clashes between Formula 1 bosses and the FIA have not been uncommon, with a rumored F1 sale price and the possibility of new teams joining the series serving as topics in which Ben Sulayem and the Formula 1 had not always agreed.
But such clashes had fizzled out in recent months after Ben Sulayem stepped away from the day-to-day running of the FIA’s Formula 1 business. However, could that peace be coming to an end?
FIA president could use Andretti to show authority
After the FIA opened an ‘Expressions of Interest’ process for new teams to join the Formula 1 grid, a number of potential takers came forward, as the deadline had already passed and submitted applications were being considered. .
The most publicized offer is that of Andretti Autosport together with General Motors, and this is the one that, according to Auto Motor and Sportis set to receive the green light from the FIA, and Andretti plans to join the grid as early as 2025.
Ben Sulayem has in the past expressed his support for Andretti’s candidacy, expressing surprise at the opposition that exists across much of the grid, this largely comes down to money with teams reluctant to sacrifice their share of the burgeoning prize money. F1, while also arguing that the $200 million anti-dilution fee for a new team is not enough.
And the report suggests that Ben Sulayem could now look to use Andretti’s offer, which most fans seem to support, to assert his own claim to be perceived as F1’s authority figure over Domenicali, with the current reputation of the FIA of “incomprehensible”. regulations, too many penalties and too long decision-making processes – a stark contrast to all the plaudits Formula 1 receives.
Hitech also in the mix for an F1 spot
With Auto Motor und Sport claiming that four teams have submitted bids to join the F1 grid, the report states that those possible teams are Andretti, Hitech Grand Prix, the Hong Kong investor-backed ‘Lucky Sun’ and Rodin Motorsport, funded by Australian billionaire David. haggled.
Auto Motor und Sport claims that Hitech, a household name on the youth racing scene, could also be approved to join the grid, but concerns remain that former owner Dmitry Mazepin, father of former Haas driver Nikita Mazepin, he could still be involved through Kazakh billionaire Vladimir Kim’s recent investment in the team.
All four teams are said to have approached Alpine regarding a possible chassis partnership and the use of the Renault power unit, with the FIA set to complete its process by the end of July.
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