Episode #417: FIA Politics / Formula E Diriyah 2023 Review

Ben Sulayem putting the FIA in hot water, and Wehrlein dominates Diriyah. Welcome back, to Motors​port10​1…

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A Podcast of two halves on this one. In the first half of the show, we discuss a bit of F1 catchup, with Red Bull announcing a tie-up with Ford with their 2026 power-units as Red Bull Ford Powertrains was born. But also FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem’s pretty awful month.

In 3 weeks the man was called out for sexist comments from 2001, alienated the current teams further with comments about protecting the sport itself if the Saudi’s truly bid “$20bn” for it, and pushing for Andretti to get into F1 as early as 2025… and now he’s stepping back from the day-to-day running of the sport. What does it mean, and where do we sit on it?

In the second half, we get into the doubleheader of Formula E races in Diriyah as Porsche continued their run of dominance. Only this time it was Wehrlein at the front as he dominated both races to flip the script on Mexico City, with Jake Dennis following him home both times to make it three Wehrlein-Dennis 1-2’s since the season began. We also discuss Sam Bird’s up-and-down weekend by getting back on the podium and Rene Rast bringing McLaren’s first podium of the season too. Mitch Evans had a wild weekend too!

Oh and most importantly… What the hell is going on with the DS Powertrain teams?!

All that and more on the next Motorsport101!

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