FIA President Accused Of Sexism, Bullying

Fia
Fia

Charges of sexism against FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem are ramping up.

The controversial new head of Formula 1’s governing body has taken a conspicuously lower profile since quotes emerged of him declaring in 2001 that men are “smarter” than women.

The saga hit high gear when interim FIA secretary general Shaila-Ann Rao, a former lawyer to Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, lost her job.

But now, the Daily Telegraph reports that Rao authored a letter accusing Ben Sulayem of “numerous instances” not only of sexist behaviour but also bullying.

The newspaper also said “dozens” of FIA officials back her claim, including one who saw the president “shouting” at Rao.

One source said: “I’ve had team principals call me who said ‘You should have seen how he treated Shaila-Ann’ and it was in front of other people.

“That’s how he was. Shaila-Ann dared to say no in front of other people which seemed to trigger his behaviour.”

When asked to comment, an FIA spokesperson said: “Mutual privacy terms have been agreed as is commonplace in business. Neither party has made a reference to the FIA Ethics Committee.”

It is understood that following key absences recently, including Tuesday’s F1 Commission meeting, Ben Sulayem will be in Baku this weekend.

Advertisement

Want to save this information for later?

More in News

Fernando Alonso

Formula 1 Drivers and Their Pre-Season Training (What Fernando Alonso Has Done Will Shock You)

Formula 1, the pinnacle of motorsport, demands exceptional physical and ...
Is Being An F1 Engineer Stressful

Is Being An F1 Engineer Stressful? Understanding The High-Pressure Role

Working as an engineer for a Formula 1 team is ...
Ferrari Fastest On Day 2 Of Pre-Season Testing

5 Things We’ve Learned from F1 2024 Pre-Season Testing

Pre-Season Testing is the first on-track action we've had ahead ...
F1 Pre Season Testing 2024 Bahrain - Ferrari

Ferrari Finishes 2024 F1 Testing On Top

The three days of testing prior to the Bahrain Grand ...
2024 Bahrain Test, Day 2 Lewis Hamilton

Drive To Survive Reveals Beginnings Of Mercedes-Hamilton Split

Lewis Hamilton's decision to leave Mercedes might be traced back ...

Trending on F1 Chronicle