F1 chiefs slam sport’s regulator over ‘inflated’ $20bn valuation | Enterprise Information

Method One (F1) motor racing chiefs have fired a warning shot to the game’s regulator over a declare that it isn’t value $20bn.

Sky Information has seen a letter from Sacha Woodward Hill, F1’s veteran authorized supremo, and Renee Wilm, chief authorized and administrative officer of Liberty Media Company, F1’s controlling shareholder, accusing the Federation Internationale de l’Car (FIA) of straying past its remit.

Within the letter, the authorized chiefs argued that Mohammed Ben Sulayem, the FIA president, “interfered with our [commercial] rights in an unacceptable method” when he referred to an “alleged inflated price ticket of $20bn” being positioned on the game.

He added {that a} potential purchaser of F1 ought to “include a transparent, sustainable plan – not simply some huge cash”.

Mr Ben Sulayem’s feedback, posted on Twitter on Monday, got here in response to a report final week by Bloomberg Information that Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund had explored a $20bn takeover bid for the game in 2022.

Neither F1 nor Saudi’s Public Funding Fund has commented on the report.

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The letter, a duplicate of which was forwarded to F1 groups together with Ferrari and Mercedes on Tuesday, warned the FIA that “Method 1 has the unique proper to use the business rights within the FIA Method One World Championship” underneath a 100-year deal.

“Additional, the FIA has given unequivocal undertakings that it’ll not do something to prejudice the possession, administration and/or exploitation of these rights.

“We contemplate that these feedback, made out of the FIA president’s official social media account, intervene with these rights in an unacceptable method.”

The response to Mr Ben Sulayem’s feedback comes at a time of heightened tensions between F1 and its governing physique.

The letter from Ms Woodward Hill and Ms Wilm additionally stated the suggestion, implicit within the FIA president’s remarks, “that any potential purchaser of the Method 1 enterprise is required to seek the advice of with the FIA is improper”.

It added that Mr Ben Sulayem had “overstep[ped] the bounds of the FIA’s remit, saying that “any particular person or organisation commenting on the worth of a listed entity or its subsidiaries, particularly claiming or implying possession of inside information whereas doing so, dangers inflicting substantial injury to the shareholders and buyers of that entity, to not point out potential publicity to critical regulatory penalties”.

“To the diploma that these feedback injury the worth of Liberty Media Company, the FIA could also be liable in consequence.”

Contacted by Sky Information, a Method One spokesman declined to remark.

The FIA couldn’t be reached for remark.

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