Components 1 | F1 and groups protest in opposition to FIA’s ‘unacceptable’ perspective
The leaders of Components 1 and the varied groups are mentioned to be “offended and pissed off” with the FIA, which yesterday revealed the official calendar for the 2023 season together with 24 races with out the approval of the groups when it’s usually a practice.
The subsequent train will start in Bahrain at first of March earlier than ending in Abu Dhabi on the finish of November and can embody three race trebles, together with one comprising three occasions contested on the finish of the season: Austin, Mexico Metropolis and Interlagos. Besides that the groups had not but given their approval for this “triple-header.”
However the FIA took everybody unexpectedly by unilaterally asserting the calendar on Tuesday, when it ought to have been revealed solely three days later, on Friday.
The discontent would thus shortly rise among the many group administrators but additionally on the aspect of Liberty Media which, often, publishes a press launch connected to that of the FIA. F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali and his groups have been the primary to be stunned by this announcement.
As a result of if the affirmation of the F1 calendar is in the end as much as the FIA, and this by means of the World Motor Sport Council, it’s Liberty Media who’s answerable for main and concluding the agreements with the promoters of Grand Prizes. In a approach, the FIA subsequently “solely” validates a calendar ready by Liberty Media upstream.
The declaration of Mohammed Ben Sulayem, the president of the FIA, thus irritated, the latter having claimed in his press launch that “the arrival of latest occasions and the upkeep of conventional occasions underline the nice administration of sport by the FIA.”
A group member, who wished to stay nameless, described the FIA’s perspective in the direction of F1 and the groups “unacceptable”. The identical is true for journalists who’re used to touring to virtually each F1 Grand Prix. They’re usually notified upfront of the dates so as to reserve inns and technique of transport at cheap costs. As soon as the calendar is revealed, costs soar. For instance, three nights round Silverstone went from 750 euros to over 3000 (minimal) as soon as the schedule was confirmed!
It’s not the primary time this season that the game’s governing physique has drawn the wrath of sports activities stakeholders. This had created controversy by insisting on the ban on carrying jewellery, or by introducing the Technical Directive aimed toward lowering porpoising with out going by means of the F1 Fee.
And extra just lately, the groups have been additionally upset by the confusion that reigned when figuring out the beginning grids for Spa and Monza, which had taken hours as a result of quite a few penalties. To not point out the top of the race behind the security automotive in Italy even when, on this case, the rules had been appropriately utilized.
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