FIA president calls for ‘change’ in F1 which may please Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen

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MOHAMMED BEN SULAYEM hopes to enhance the usual of stewarding in Method One.

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FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem has known as for the coaching for Method One stewards to turn out to be extra structured, akin to the method that rally and co-rally drivers bear for his or her sport. 

FIA president calls for 'change' in F1 which may please Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen

Mohammed ben Sulayem hopes to enhance commonplace of stewarding in Method One (Picture: Getty)

Ben Sulayem comes from a rallying background having participated within the sport for 16 years, successful 14 Center East Rallying titles. He has helped arrange a digital race management in Geneva that can immediately prepare upcoming stewards from reside races.  

The information shall be seen positively within the Method One world, significantly by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton who misplaced final season’s World Driver’s Championship to Max Verstappen over the past lap of the final race in Abu Dhabi after a controversial FIA determination to solely let sure automobiles cross a late security automotive. 

F1 race director Michael Masi was fired because of this however some blamed his actions on his inexperience. The Australian was thrust into a job he was not absolutely ready for after the surprising loss of life of Charlie Whitening in 2019. His time within the position was characterised by questionable selections on driver and steward security.

FIA president calls for 'change' in F1 which may please Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen

Final season’s title decider between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen was mired in controversy (Picture: Getty)

Talking in an interview with GrandPrix247, ben Sulayem stated: “ I wish to see it, even when one thing occurs, that the game can proceed; what if I resolve tomorrow to retire or if I don’t need to be the individual in cost. The game should proceed with out lacking me.” 

“I used to be asking the Grand Prix Drivers Affiliation to assist me discover the administrators we want: do I am going to Google or look into Amazon? That is no in a single day determination!” he continued. “It’s a must to discover them and you need to elevate and prepare them. That is why I went again to the old-fashioned of rallying scheme: the rally drivers coaching is extra structured and may rotate simply.”

“The occasion and the game must go on. We have to prepare them to interchange them. If we don’t do it now, we can have the identical downside the next yr,” the FIA president concluded. 

The FIA operates the digital race management centre in Geneva to assist prepare stewards for future assignments in F1. Ben Sulayem believes the management centre ought to assist Method One preserve a better degree of stewarding within the upcoming years. 

“What are the benefits?” the Emirati requested rhetorically. “To start with, backup for the stewards, secondly which is the principle purpose in my view: higher coaching of the stewards.” 

Given the controversy that has mired the game lately, the change shall be seen positively by many drivers hopeful of improved stewarding throughout the sport.


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