F1 ‘looking to pull away from FIA’ amid anger over sagas including Hamilton spat

Formula One bosses are reportedly looking to distance themselves from governing body the FIA following a variety of frustrations in recent months.

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is in the midst of an ongoing feud with the FIA regarding jewellery, while Fernando Alonso accused the race directors of 'incompetence' after being penalised in the recent round in Miami.

They're merely the latest battles F1 has had with the FIA, with frustrations that FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem has not yet approved a rise in Sprint races for 2023 while the controversial end to last season that saw Max Verstappen beat Hamilton to the title is still fresh in the memory.

That has led Formula One to consider it's position with the FIA, the BBC's Andrew Benson has reported, although the full removal of the governing body isn't possible and some relationship would have to remain.

"There's widespread dissatisfaction amongst a lot of people in Formula 1 at the way FIA is conducting itself on a number of different levels. F1 are actively looking behind the scenes at ways they can sideline the FIA from the running of Formula 1 in any practical way," he told the F1 Chequered Flag podcast.

"There are a lot of, what appear to be, isolated examples which all come back to the same general picture and dissatisfaction with the way that FIA is running Formula 1. From F1's point of view, for example, it's, 'why did FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem delay the approval, and he still hasn't approved it, of the increase in the number of sprint races for next season?

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"From the drivers' point of view, it's the jewellery ban and the underwear situation and some of the things that Alonso brought up, such as the policing of the sport and safety, so on and so forth. Now we've got Red Bull saying, 'are you sure you've done [the Aston Martin investigation] properly?"

"The FIA owns the F1 World Championship, F1 have the commercial rights, but they are leased from the FIA. So it will be very hard to remove the FIA altogether. If you break away from FIA, you cannot use their championship titles. They would have to call Formula 1 something else at that point.

"What I'm told is F1 are looking if they can find a way to remove the FIA into a kind of ceremonial role. So they're still there, Mohammed ben Sulayem can still turn up at races and be the FIA president, but in actual fact, they wouldn't have any active involvement in the running of the sport at all. F1 would do all that, which is the plan. Whether it actually gets to that point, I don't know, but it is certainly something going on in the background."

Formula One returns for the Monaco Grand Prix this week, where Max Verstappen will look to extend his lead over Charles Leclerc in the standings.

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