Liberty Media-owned Formulation One has accused FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem of interfering with its industrial rights by publicly questioning a reported $20 billion valuation of the game.
Ben Sulayem, an Emirati elected in 2021 to the highest job at Formulation One’s governing physique, took to Twitter on Monday after Bloomberg reported Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund (PIF) explored a bid for greater than that quantity.
“Because the custodians of motorsport, the FIA, as a non-profit organisation, is cautious about alleged inflated value tags of $20bn being placed on F1,” Ben Sulayem stated on his private account.
“Any potential purchaser is suggested to use frequent sense, think about the better good of the game and give you a transparent, sustainable plan — not simply some huge cash.”
He recommended the FIA had an obligation to think about the potential unfavorable impression on followers and promoters, who may need to pay extra.
The feedback adopted his assist this month for Michael Andretti’s bid to enter an eleventh group on the grid — a transfer most present groups are immune to due to the dilution of revenues.
In addition they gas the sense of an rising turf struggle between the governing physique and a industrial rights holder desirous to develop an increasing and more and more well-liked championship in new instructions.
Sky Sports activities Information reported that Formulation One’s authorized head Sacha Woodward Hill and Liberty Media counterpart Renee Wilm had despatched a joint letter to the FIA accusing the governing physique of exceeding its remit.
The FIA in the end owns the rights to the championship however signed them over to former supremo Bernie Ecclestone’s Formulation One Administration in a 100-year deal in 2001 as a part of a separation of business and regulatory actions.
“The FIA has given unequivocal undertakings that it’ll not do something to prejudice the possession, administration and/or exploitation of these rights,” Sky quoted Formulation One’s letter as saying.
“We think about that these feedback, comprised of the FIA president’s official social media account, intrude with these rights in an unacceptable method.”
The letter, despatched to the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council, stated the feedback risked publicity to “critical regulatory penalties” and the FIA is also liable.
“Any particular person or organisation commenting on the worth of a listed entity or its subsidiaries, particularly claiming or implying possession of inside information whereas doing so, dangers inflicting substantial injury to the shareholders and traders of that entity,” they stated.
Sources confirmed to Reuters that the small print have been right and groups acquired copies of the letter on Tuesday from F1 chief govt Stefano Domenicali.
There was no remark from Formulation One and no rapid response from the FIA.