This week, the FIA released the calendar for the 2023 season, surprising Formula 1 management and teams. The Guardian sources say the move took Liberty Media’s teams and management by surprise, with a team spokesperson calling the FIA’s move “unacceptable”.
The publication of the new calendar was expected on Friday, but immediately after the World Council meeting, the FIA press office published the calendar without prior notice to Formula 1 management. in the US, Mexico City and Brazil had to be approved by the teams. It was supposed to be received, but the teams were outraged that the FIA did not consult with them.
The release of the calendar also came as a surprise to Formula 1 management. Liberty Media planned to separately announce the contract extension with the Monaco Grand Prix and confirm the date of the race in Las Vegas. , but instead they had to rush to issue short press releases after the calendar was published.
Following the Italian Grand Prix, the FIA and President Mohammed bin Sulayem were heavily criticized for the slow formation of the starting grid after qualifying and for finishing the race behind the safety car. The FIA assures they maintain a good working relationship with the teams, but the already tense atmosphere has only escalated.
Source: F1 News