FIA President Mohammed ben Sulayem has promised Formula 1 fans that their governing body will do whatever it takes to ensure that the controversy over the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is not repeated. Sulayem’s arrival at the helm of the FIA comes just days after Formula 1 got a new champion in last week’s race on the Yas Marina track which sparked several controversial situations.
The FIA has already announced plans to investigate the events in Abu Dhabi, and Sulayem said he wanted to wait for the full findings of the investigation to be presented before deciding on the best course of action.
He thinks it would be completely wrong of him to be on his knees without fully understanding the circumstances of what happened. "We will check the rules and we are sure that if this situation happens in the future, we will have an immediate solution to it," said the new FIA president.
"There are so many areas we can improve. We can’t just sit back and say we’re good. No, that is not enough in a sport that is so difficult and important (like F1). "
Sulayem will have direct authority over whether or not to keep racing director Michael Masi, whose future has been the subject of intense speculation in recent days.
Asked if he fully trusts the Australian, he explained: "Why are we jumping? We will actually have to investigate the matter. " "I have just been elected and I will examine it tomorrow. I have a meeting with the staff and I will look at every thing that can be improved.
But I will definitely not just make conclusions about decisions without going back to my team. " Sulayem is well aware of the challenges he faces in his role at a time when the credibility of the governing body is being called into question, and has vowed to step down from other responsibilities outside the FIA in a bid to help concentrate on his new role.
"If you talk to me about the credibility of the FIA, yes, we are lying on good structures and (with) good teams. But there is always room for improvement. We just have to look for where we can improve, "he continued.
"One thing is that I will dedicate myself and I will not have any other job than the president of the FIA. I withdrew from all my other responsibilities. I will not do anything else and I will not be a burden to the FIA.
" "I will concentrate with passion, with the right team, and I have a good team - we are looking for an even better team. That is why the FIA is credible, "concluded Mohhamed ben Sulayem.