Yeah he does annoy me too talking out of his backside...'Ooh, now wouldn't a safety car change things'And Crofty is one of the reasons I don't like it, but still watch it.
Little Jack Horner has already won it I'd think.
An excellent point, very well presented driver#8As for the FIA-Liberty spat… Ben Sulayem’s on the horns of a bit of a dilemma.
On one side he’s FIA president and wants F1 to be held in the highest esteem. Having the Saudis buy it would damage that - possibly irreparably.
On the other side he is an Emirati royal. And the Emiratis and Saudis are joined at the hip through the Gulf Coalition, through their military action in Yemen, through their shared contempt for Qatar and their belief that they are better off long-term backing China, Russia and India than the US and Europe.
Where are all the Russian oligarchs, their mistresses and their money right now? Cramming into the malls and yacht clubs of Abu Dhabi. It’s like Center Parcs for murderous tycoons. Modern day Casablanca.
And international sporting body alone did not straight-up ban Russian athletes? Yup… hence the WRC2 standings are now led by a Russian.
So while Ben Sulayem is terrified of the fall-out from the Saudis buying F1, he also cannot be seen to be doing anything to actively prevent their wishes being granted. And his rather muddled response to all of that was a Tweet intended to kill two birds with one stone, but which only served to annoy absolutely everyone.
Thankfully, he’s delegated everything else about the job!
F1 hasn't any esteem, they threw what was left on the bonfire that was the 2021 season with the firework display being the last race...it's a FIAsco & circus....he’s FIA president and wants F1 to be held in the highest esteem. Having the Saudis buy it would damage that - possibly irreparably.