‘Stormy times’: FIA and Formula 1 bosses clashing on yet another matter

Several manufacturers are attempting to join Formula 1 in 2026, when the new engine regulations are introduced.

After a heated couple of weeks for Formula 1 and the FIA, things are reportedly getting no better between the two ahead of the 2023 season, with the duo now arguing over yet another topic.

The governing body certainly isn’t in the sport’s good books as it stands, after FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem labelled the rejected $20 billion offer to buy the sport from Liberty Media as “inflated”.

In doing so, Ben Sulayem effectively questioned the value of F1, with the FIA having no rights to question the value of the pinnacle of motorsport, with Liberty Media possessing the full “commercial rights”.

Prior to that incident, F1 were unhappy by Ben Sulayem publicly supporting Andretti-Cadillac’s bid to join the 2026 grid, with Auto Motor und Sport now reporting that a new topic has caused frustration.

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According to AMuS, tensions are brewing over the 2026 engine regulations, with the German magazine reporting that the teams “are demanding that the fundamental decisions be approved by the Formula 1 Commission”.

“But at the moment (the body) has no mandate on the issue,” added correspondent Tobias Gruner.

Supposedly, the teams are insisting that the weight of the 2026 cars is significantly reduced; however, to their frustration, “the topic is not on the agenda”.

As if that wasn’t enough, the teams are also arguing with the FIA over the governing body’s intent on active aerodynamics, with Gruner suggesting that “stormy times” are on the horizon for F1.

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“At the moment the fronts are hardened,” Gruner said.

“There are again stormy times ahead for Formula 1.”

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Ferrari boss Frederic Vasseur is hopeful that the sport and the FIA can put their differences aside once the season begins at the start of March, with the Frenchman believing that the current tensions “will disappear a little bit” once the season commences.

“I’m really convinced that as soon as we put the cars on track, this will disappear a little bit off the screen,” Vasseur said, per The Mirror.

“For sure we’ll have discussions but, as always, I hope that we’ll be able to stay focused on the sporting side.”