Lando Norris opens up on ‘bigger topic’ casting darker shadow on F1 than Horner chaos

In advance of this Saturday’s Grand Prix in Jeddah, Lando Norris has shared his opinions on the major problems facing the Formula One industry.

The FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem’s problems, in Lando Norris’ opinion, pose a greater threat to the sport than Christian Horner’s uncertain future at Red Bull.

Following news of the allegations from BBC Sport ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, the governing body’s compliance department is actively investigating a report on the subject involving the acting president of the FIA.

While the second report claims that Ben Sulayem told officials not to certify the Las Vegas circuit ahead of its inaugural race last year, the first claims that he pushed for the revocation of Fernando Alonso’s penalty at the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

The FIA spokesperson said, “The compliance department is assessing these concerns, as is common practice in these matters, to ensure that due process is meticulously followed.” The 62-year-old has not responded to the allegations.

The F1 world is currently embroiled in a number of scandals, some of which include the reports mentioned here. Red Bull team principal Horner is also the target of criticism, having recently faced resignation requests from Jos Verstappen, the son of the current world champion.

Norris commented on the chaos, saying, “[The FIA probe] a bigger topic.” Once more, I’m not directly involved in this. Furthermore, I’m sure that investigations are ongoing and that I’m not entirely informed about it all.

Certainly, [I will comment] if it does arise and the drivers are more involved, but naturally, we were unaware of it as well. Furthermore, I am not fully informed about it.

That’s not something I can discuss, but you never want something like that to occur. due to personal preference or other factors from any perspective. So, yes, everything appears to be in order as long as that is resolved.

“There is too much talk off-track because on-track activities are not very exciting at the moment,” said Alonso, whose penalty contributed to the FIA controversy.

“One vehicle has won every 72 Grand Prix races, essentially controlling the field for three years. Accordingly, there is always a lot of off-track activity when this occurs in a sport. We should respect the FIA investigation and wait to see its conclusion.

“We were satisfied with every piece of evidence and proof we presented the previous year, so for us, the conclusion was fairly obvious. It’s not really up to Aston Martin, so let’s wait and see what the FIA says after conducting their own investigation.”

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