In the round-up: Formula 1 and its teams are reportedly becoming increasing unhappy with FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem following a number of controversies
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“Widespread disgust” in F1 at Ben Sulayem controversies – reports
Formula 1 and its teams are reportedly becoming increasing unhappy with FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem following a number of controversies.
Ben Sulayem has clashed with the sport and its owners Liberty Media over the last year over plans to expand the current F1 grid beyond its current ten teams. Yesterday, the FIA formally launched its application process to add two teams for 2025 at the earliest.
However, Ben Sulayem has courted controversy over comments that reports F1 was recently valued at $20billion were overinflated, while a sexist comment made on his now-defunct website 20 years ago resurfaced last week.
The BBC reports that figures within the sport are becoming increasingly disgruntled by the FIA president. “There has been widespread disgust,” the BBC quoted a senior source as saying, with one anonymous team principal stating that “everyone thinks he’s got to go. That is definitely the general view.”
Red Bull launch search for female esports talent
Red Bull are set to launch an initiative to find talented simracers who are female to join their official esports racing team.
The search, in partnership with new sponsors Rokt, aims to recruit talent into various roles within their esports activities.
“We’re thrilled to add Rokt as a team partner and we very much look forward to working together to bring a more diverse workforce into the sport and into the sim racing world,” said team principal Christian Horner.
“Rokt is committed to fostering diversity and empowering women both within its own organisation and in society at large and we’re proud to work together to launch a virtual program to recruit female esports drivers as one initiative under our new partnership.”
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