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Allegations against Ben Sulayem was an attack on the FIA, say member clubs

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A group of FIA member clubs have given their support to the president of the governing body, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, following his investigation by the Ethics Committee last month.

Ben Sulayem was cleared following claims he attempted to interfere in a stewards decision at the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and over the certification of the Las Vegas Strip Circuit last November.

He received strong backed in a letter from member clubs representing 27 countries in North and South Americas, published on the FIA’s website. It noted the Ethics Committee found Ben Sulayem was “absolved of the unfounded accusations” levelled against him and “acted honourably, transparently and independently.”

The letter claims “accusations of impropriety and unethical practices propagated by some members of the print and digital media were intended for the sole purpose of causing harm to the FIA and its leadership, particularly the president.” It accused those who raised the allegations against him of acting “for their own self-interest.”

“We will recommend that the FIA initiate legal action against those who, without cause, slander the FIA and its leadership,” it added.

The letter was signed by clubs and federations representing Colombia, Canada, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Peru, Panama, Guatemala, Uruguay, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Chile, Belize, Paraguay, Honduras, Argentina, El Salvador, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica, Guyana, Antigua and Trinidad and Tobago. Fabiana Ecclestone, the FIA’s vice-president of sports for South America and wife of former Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone, is also among its signatories.

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Letter from FIA Member Clubs and Sport Federations of the Americas

FIA Member Clubs and Sport Federations of America express:

That the FIA Ethics Committee, composed of external and independent members, has unanimously issued the report, in which they declare Mr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the FIA, is absolved of the unfounded accusations of interfering in the Formula 1 events held in Saudi Arabia and Las Vegas, in 2023.

That the resolution of the Ethics Committee ratifies that the President of the FIA, Mr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem, acted honourably, transparently and independently.

That accusations of impropriety and unethical practices propagated by some members of the print and digital media were intended for the sole purpose of causing harm to the FIA and its leadership, particularly the President.

That the selection of the FIA President is enshrined in the FIA Statutes and is the sole purview of its voting members and is not impacted by those from outside the organization who attempt, for their own self-interest, to intervene.

That we will recommend that the FIA initiate legal action against those who, without cause, slander the FIA and its leadership.

We endorse and ratify our vote of confidence in support of Mr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem, for his stewardship of the FIA and his progress to fulfilling his commitment to transform the FIA in an ethical and transparent manner in order to better serve its members.

David McLaughlin, Bahamas Motorsport Association
Ronald Crean, Auto Sport D’Haiti
Stephen Gunter, Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club
Mahendra Bodhoo, Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club
Selwyn Persad Carlo Falcone Trinidad 8t Tobago Automobile Association
Carlo Falcone, Antigua Pro Racing Ltd.
Francois Dumontier, Canada Sports Development Group
Alvaro Lacayo, Club Automovilistico de Nicaragua
Luis Burgos, Federacion de Automovilismo de Puerto Rico
Eric Dobarganes, Federacion de Automovilismo y Kartismo de Cuba
Alvaro Oliver, Automovil Club Dominicano
Mauricio Melo, Federacion Chilena de Automovilismo Deportivo
Victor Murga, Belize Automobile Club
Hugo Mersan, Touring y Automovil Club Paraguayo
Sebastien Pastor, Asociacion Hondurena de Automovilismo
Jose Abreu, Federacion Dominicana de Automovilismo Inc.
Jorge Rosales, Autornovil Club de Argentina
Alejandro Quintana, Automovil Club de Chile
Francisco Hernandez, Automovil Club de El Salvador
Gaston Montellano,Automovil Club Boliviano
Humberto Kennedy, Automovel Clube Brasileiro
Jane Scaletta, Cayman Motoring Federation
Ricardo Morales Rubio, Automovil Club de Colombia
Frank Fotia, Canadian Automobile Association
Gorki Obando Utreras, Automovil Club del Ecuador
Fabiana Ecclestone, VP of South America for Sports
Daniel Coen, Automovil Club de Costa Rica
Ivan Dibos, Touring y Automovil Club del Peru
Dante Pescetto, ASAI Panama
Pedro Cofino, Automovil Club de Guatemala
Jorge Tomasi, Automovil Club del Uruguay
Jorge Abed, OMDAI Mexico
Enzo Spano, Touring y Automovil Club de Venezuela
Giovanni Guerra, Confederacao Brasileira de Automobilismo

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