The Mercedes racer has provided some insight into their chat and the current status of their relationship.
Lewis Hamilton thinks that his close friendship with FIA President Mohammed ben Sulayem is beneficial for Formula 1, but that building such a relationship “takes time.”
As Jean Todt’s time as FIA President came to an end in December 2021, the Emirati ben Sulayem, a previous rally driver, was chosen to fill the position.
Immediately after the contentious 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix finale, Ben Sulayem had to deal with the consequences and work with Hamilton and Mercedes to conduct an investigation and make sure a repeat did not occur.
The FIA and racers only briefly disagreed when the regulation preventing racers from wearing jewellery in the car was set to be applied around the Miami Grand Prix in May. The restriction was not well accepted by drivers, but Hamilton was the main person it affected because he outright chose not to take out his nose piercing.
But in a speech prior to the Italian Grand Prix, where he would place fifth, Hamilton discussed his relationship with the FIA President.
Hamilton shares positive conversations with the FIA President
“It’s not an easy role for anyone,” Hamilton commented to media, including RacingNews365.com.
“I think it takes time to get into a role and build all the relationships, and also to implement change, but I think the most important thing for right now is the drivers.
“We’re trying to build that connection with the drivers, all of us at the GPDA are united, and we want to help make the racing better.
“We want to help the FIA and Mohammed has been really open with that.
“We’re just going to continue to work on that communication. I’m in touch with him and we speak quite a lot, and he’s very, very driven and competitive – he used to race himself.
“He’s also very keen on diversity and really pushing for future change – so he wants to collaborate with us on that – I am quite happy about it.”
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