Ben Sulyem on Red Bull/Mercedes relationship and Hamilton’s future

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FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem says there was “harmony” between Red Bull and Mercedes at the F1 Commission meeting, and he gives his comments on Lewis Hamilton’s future.

Yesterday at the F1 Commission meeting in London, FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem discussed FIA’s Abu Dhabi inquiry with F1 teams and management.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff and Red Bull team boss Christian Horner were also present, and Ben Sulayem told Sky Sports F1 they appeared to be in “harmony”.

“They were in line. I think it’s because of Valentine’s Day,“ joked Ben Sulayem after the meeting.

“They were close to each other and they were in a good mood, so that was good. I expected more entertainment but it was good to see the harmony between them.”

Although the details of the discussion have been left unknown, Ben Sulayem promised “structural changes” and an “action plan” in the “coming days”.

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Since Lewis Hamilton’s return to Formula 1 still reportedly depends on the results of the FIA’s inquiry, Ben Sulayem and Wolff were asked about the Briton’s future. Wolff declined to comment, while Ben Sulayem said:

“We agreed on certain things and the analysis is still going on. But it will come soon… it was a good discussion there. So we will see.”

Ben Sulayem also said the FIA’s integrity will remain “intact” after all is said and done.

“Information will be announced, but definitely as I said, the integrity of the FIA will always be intact. I am elected to do that but also have fair motorsport, as that’s my duty.

“So it was a very good meeting. We can only go forward. This is important for the FIA, for the integrity of the FIA and for the sport.

“So we can only improve the future,” Ben Sulayem concluded.

Toto Wolff and Christian Horner were leaving the meeting together, so Sky Sports tried to ask them a few questions. Here is the exchange:

Sky Sports: “Are you happy with today’s meeting?”

Wolff: “Always happy.”

Sky Sports: “Lewis, will he be happy with what you’ve decided today? Can you give us any hints at what’s been said?”

Toto – “No, no.”

Sky Sports: “Okay, you’re all leaving together so that’s a good sign. Christian, just a quick word about what was decided today.”

Horner – “No, it’s good. See you later.”

Sky Sports: “Are you happy?”

Horner: “It’s all good.”

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