2026 engines an ‘urgent’ issue for new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem

Ferrari principal Mattia Binotto says that the regulations for the 2026 engines is a priority for new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

After Jean Todt stepped down from the role, Ben Sulayem was elected as his replacement, taking over the reins at a turbulent time in the world of Formula 1.

Following the controversial conclusion to the 2021 title battle, Ben Sulayem admitted recently that he had not heard back from Lewis Hamilton, having messaged the seven-time World Champion as one of his first acts in the role.

Hamilton has been silent on social media ever since Abu Dhabi and skipped the FIA’s post-season prize-giving gala, along with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, both team and driver feeling robbed of the Drivers’ title.

Of course, Ben Sulayem has not been waiting by the phone all these days, instead the job of FIA president brings with it a very busy schedule, with Formula 1 alone bringing a heavy workload.

Another major ongoing task is defining the new engine regulations for 2026, which are expected to introduce sustainable fuels, a greater reliance on electrical power and also a cost cap.

Ferrari are heavily involved in talks as one of Formula 1’s established engine manufacturers, and according to Binotto, putting the stamp on a final complete set of engine regulations for 2026 is an “urgent” matter for Ben Sulayem.

“I’m already in touch with him,” said Binotto in a post-season interview, as quoted by GPFans.

“I was in touch before the elections, no doubt, and I’m already in touch with him for what’s next and what are the most urgent matters for F1.

“I see that on the urgent matters, [the] power unit [for] 2026 can be one of the subjects.”

Wolff recently gave an insight into how talks over the 2026 engine rules are progressing, telling Auto Motor und Sport that the “big issues” were in place, but “a few sticking points” remained.

He also explained that the Volkswagen Group, who have been a part of these engine talks, would be welcomed into Formula 1 – their Audi brand has been linked heavily with the Mercedes-powered McLaren team, while Porsche have been credited with an interest in working with Red Bull.

According to Wolff, the current manufacturers wanted to make sure they too were being respected in the 2026 regulations.

 

Binotto added that he is “very happy” to co-operate with Ben Sulayem, which includes these engine negotiations.

“I’m very happy to co-operate with him,” he said.

“I myself am part of the World Council. As an F1 commission delegate, as Ferrari, [that] means I’m there.”

 

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