"David Richards is the next best president" Liberty Media

Liberty want to replace Mohammed Ben Sulayem with David Richards’

Liberty Media has had enough, and they want to see their FIA President replaced. 

President Mohammed Ben Sulayem has been making waves in the media industry, making headlines, the most recent being over the PIF $20 Billion Bid, putting into question the real value of Formula 1. 

Liberty Media recently refused an offer from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which, reportedly, was offering $20 billion to purchase the sport. He, Ben Sulayem then took to Twitter, denouncing the offer. However, drivers and other stakeholders feel as though Ben might have been harsh, overstepped and took an action that was way above his job description.

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Moreover, he (the President) hasn't been so popular over sexist comments on his website, which however date back to twenty years ago. The comments read, “…..about money, nor do I like women who think they are smarter than men, for they are not in truth.”

The FIA also gave a response to the comments, saying, "The remarks in this archived website from 2001 do not reflect the President’s beliefs. He has a strong record on promoting women and equality in sport, which he is happy to be judged on. It was a central part of his manifesto, and actions taken this year and the many years he served as Vice President for Sport prove this.”

President Ben Sulayem took over from Jean Todt in 2021, December, as the FIA President. The FIA now has their eyes on David Richards. He is the chairman of Prodrive, Motorsport UK, former chairman of Aston Martin, former team principal of BAR and Benetton F1 motor racing teams, World Rally Champion in 1981. He has a long history of success in the motorsport and automotive industries, having been involved in the development of numerous championship-winning cars. Furthermore, he is a highly respected figure in the industry, and his work has been highly praised and recognized. He is Liberty’s preferred option, as can be seen from his rich resume that he is highly qualified for the job, and reportedly has shown interest in the job too. However, it won't be easy removing Ben from his tenure, which hasn't come to an end yet.

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