Marko makes simple demand to new FIA president and shares his initial impression

Red Bull team advisor Helmut Marko revealed that he was impressed with the new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem and his ideas.

The FIA elected a new president after many years, with Ben Sulayem winning out. With the sport in need of a serious overhaul after recent events, all hopes are on the president and his team.

The Austrian had earlier stated the need for solidifying the rules to make them more “consistent” in the future. Given the change has come at such a tumultuous time, the time is nigh for an overhaul to the sport.

Marko revealed that he was impressed with the new FIA president, and said that he is looking forward to working with him.

“We have a new FIA president, and what I have heard from him so far sounds good,” he told Servus TV, as quoted by

“He wants to innovate, and I think we should think about the motto that Niki Lauda came up with: ‘Let them race’. That has to be the starting point.

Helmut Marko and Max Verstappen
Marko (right) with Verstappen (left). Source: Getty Images

“There is no consistency to be seen in the decisions and therefore we get the feeling that it all looks random. The rules need to be more precise, but the stewards also need to express themselves more clearly and make better decisions.

“We need to know that if we do this or that, we will get this or that penalty. Not this one time and that one time again,” he concluded.

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F1 Managing Director Ross Brawn announced that they would aid Sulayem and the FIA by doing their bit.

“We will stop this contact (between team bosses and Race Director Masi) next year,” he said.

“It’s unacceptable that team bosses put Michael under such pressure during the race. It’s like the coaches negotiating with the referee in football.”

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