Hamilton describes his relationship with Mohammed Ben Sulayem

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Lewis Hamilton says he is “in touch” with FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, and they “actually speak quite a bit”.

Ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was asked to give his opinion FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, and asked what their relationship has been like since the FIA’s jewellery clampdown.

Many believed the clampdown was aimed at Hamilton directly, and the Briton was at first firmly against it, but ultimately agreed to remove his jewellery while in the car.

“Well, I mean, it’s not an easy role for anyone,” Lewis said.

“I think it takes time to get into a role and, and build all the relationships, and again, 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, the GPDA, we’re all united, and we want to help make the racing better.

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“We want to help the FIA, and Mohammed has been really open with that. So yep, we’re just going to continue to work on that communication.

“I’m in touch with him quite a lot. We actually speak quite a bit. And, and he’s very, very driven for… he’s competitive. He used to race himself, so he has a competitor sort-of mindset.

“And he’s also very keen on diversity, and really pushing for future change. So he wants to collaborate with us all on that.

“So I’m quite happy with it,” the Briton concluded.

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