Reportedly, the head of FIA is under investigation for suspected involvement in influencing a Formula 1 race.

Recent reports suggest that the President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), Mohammed ben Sulayem, is currently facing scrutiny for his alleged involvement in influencing the outcome of a Formula One race.

As disclosed by the BBC, a dossier presented by the compliance officer of the motorsport governing body, Paolo Basarri, to the ethics committee purports that Ben Sulayem took actions to reverse a 10-second penalty imposed on Aston Martin’s driver, Fernando Alonso, during the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

The BBC documentation further reveals that a whistleblower has brought forth claims indicating that Ben Sulayem contacted the FIA’s vice-president for sport for the Middle East, Sheikh Abdullah bin Isa al-Khalifa, who was in attendance at the Saudi Arabian race in an official capacity.

Allegedly, Ben Sulayem conveyed his belief to Sheikh Abdullah bin Isa that Alonso’s penalty should be rescinded. Notably, both Ben Sulayem and the FIA have refrained from offering any official comments in response to the BBC’s inquiries.

The nullification of Alonso’s aforementioned 10-second penalty, initially levied due to maintenance work carried out on his car while he served an earlier five-second penalty, resulted in Alonso regaining his podium spot behind the Red Bull pairing of Sergio Pérez, the race victor, and second-placed Max Verstappen. This reversal came after Alonso had been relegated to fourth place following the penalty deduction.

At the time of this incident, no abnormalities were flagged concerning the decision, especially since Aston Martin’s sporting director, Andy Stevenson, had furnished the team’s defense before the stewards during a right of review process. Additionally, had Alonso’s 10-second penalty been upheld, Mercedes driver George Russell would have advanced to the third position.

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