Brown wants more transparency: ‘We live in 2024 and not in 1984’

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Brown wants more transparency: 'We live in 2024 and not in 1984'

Zak Brown has called for more openness at the FIA. An investigation was recently launched into the actions of FIA boss Mohamed Ben Sulayem regarding interference at two different Grand Prix. Although the chairman was released, Brown criticizes the lack of transparency within the organization.

Brown has harsh words regarding the case of Ben Sulayem. The American is not pleased with the fact that there is no transparency about the results of the research. “As far as I know, we live in 2024 and not in 1984,” the NOS reports the words of the McLaren boss. ‘That means total transparency.’

Questions remain unanswered without openness

According to Brown, he is certainly not the only one who has questions about what really happened. “As long as all questions remain unanswered, people will continue to have questions,” he says. The former team boss sees the fact that there is so much fuss surrounding the motorsport association so early in the season as a bad sign. “We’re less than three races into this season and the situation we’re in isn’t exactly great.”

The investigation into him was conducted by an independent committee and not by the FIA ​​itself, but the FIA ​​is of course aware of the results of the investigation. However, the association is reluctant to provide details about the investigation into its own president and Ben Sulayem himself does not want to answer questions from the media.

All parties must be heard

This week it was also announced that Susie Wolff is filing a case against the FIA. At the end of last year, the chairman of the F1 Academy was accused of a conflict of interest. The presidency of the new women’s class would conflict with the work of her husband Toto Wolff, who is team boss of Mercedes in Formula 1. At the time, all teams indicated through statements that they had not raised the situation, making it questionable. which prompted this research. According to Wolff, the incident has damaged her reputation.

Things like this don’t sit well with Brown. He believes that internal and confidential investigations are certainly important, but also states that greater transparency would ensure greater confidence in the FIA ​​and its procedures. ‘People must be able to trust that a case will be handled independently when a complaint is filed. Moreover, all parties must be heard,” the American said.

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