The president of the FIA, Mohammed Ben Suleiman, after reviewing the situation, wants to strictly adhere to the rules set by the international sports law, which does not give way to Hertha’s permission without the application of force majeure.
Ben Sulaym also wants to emphasize that the FIA will follow the correct governance and at the same time, the governing body should not be pushed in that direction by rejecting the license request of F1 teams Hertha.
An FIA spokesperson told Motorsport.com: “The FIA will not put pressure on any of the teams on matters such as superlicence points. The FIA president has implemented strong governance, and we abide by that.”
IndyCar star Hertha’s superlicence issue has become a talking point in the paddock, with several team chiefs calling on the FIA not to use excessive force and bend its own rules to help bring the American to the grid with the Alfa Romeo in 2023.
Mercedes’ Toto Wolff, Alfa Romeo’s Fred Vasseur, Aston Martin’s Mike Krak and Haas’s Gunther Steiner all suggested that Hertha should not be given the license after failing to achieve the required total of 40 points.
At Monza on Saturday, Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto backed this line, saying his team would monitor the situation closely.
Mattia Binotto, Team Principal, Ferrari
Photo by FIA pool
“For sure, we will look in detail at what the FIA will do in this regard. And I think every team will do this because it is important for our sport.”
“We can’t have force majeure or whatever the circumstances are, it’s not force majeure, certainly in that case.”
F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali also pointed out that the points system should be respected.
The case is one of the first F1 controversies to emerge since Ben Sulayem took office in December, and appears to set a clear sign of compliance with the rules.
“I think the most important thing is to have a strong management,” Ben Sulaym Wolff said in the first months of his work. “There are written rules, there is a management framework.
“And I think he stands for that. It’s not always comfortable. But the most important thing is transparency and honesty and following the rules, nothing else. And so far, that’s what he’s done.”
Red Bull has made it clear it won’t let Pierre Gasly go to Alpine if Hertha doesn’t get a superlicence, leaving Enstone to look elsewhere for a team driver.