FIA president accused of ‘targeting’ Lewis Hamilton with controversial new rule

The FIA are yet to reply to a letter from Liberal Democrat life peer Paul Scriven, written in March of last year.

FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem cannot seem to keep himself out of hot water at the moment, with the 61-year-old’s Twitter activity in particular getting him in trouble.

Ben Sulayem has recently been commenting about his views on the Andretti-Cadillac project as well as Saudi Arabia’s £20bn bid to take over Formula 1.

These comments have let some to believe that the FIA president is overstepping in his role as the leader of the sport’s governing body.

It now appears that Ben Sulayem is under fire from parliament, as Liberal Democrat life peer Paul Scriven has written to the FIA president to criticise him for ignoring a previous letter.

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Scriven has also slammed the FIA for their most recent rule change, which will see drivers forbidden from making political, religious or personal gestures without prior approval from the FIA.

“It was with great concern that I learnt of the FIA’s decision to suppress F1 drivers’ voices from speaking out in what you deem to be political statements, a policy that will serve to shield F1 host countries from scrutiny over injustice,” he wrote.

“It is very clear to me that this policy targets Sir Lewis Hamilton, your most outspoken driver, whose comments on countries with abysmal rights records, particularly Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, would have undoubtedly not been well received by these corrupt and abusive regimes.”

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has claimed that Lewis Hamilton will address the issue of the FIA’s new rule when the season starts back up again, as the Brit prefers to completely disconnect from the sport during the off-season.

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The Austrian has suggested that no judgements on the rule should be made before the season begins, as he believes that the FIA have the best intentions, meaning people should wait to see how things pan out before making a judgement.

Former F1 world champion Nico Rosberg has urged the drivers to avoid the FIA ruling by using their huge social media followings to make the world a better place.

Lewis Hamilton has been using his social media for good for a while now but has admitted that he cannot make a change on his own, calling for the help of his fellow drivers.