Ferrari have admitted that there is a slight “concern” over the FIA’s appointment of a former advisor to Toto Wolff.
It was confirmed at the beginning of June that Shaila-Ann Rao would act as the interim replacement for Peter Bayer, who has left his positions as Secretary General for Sport and F1 Executive Director.
He had served in the former role since 2017, and had been F1 Executive Director since 2021.
Mattia Binotto, team boss at the Scuderia, says that he had always enjoyed working with Bayer, but he accepts the FIA’s decision to make changes, which comes after the arrival of new president Mohammed Ben Sulayem.
“I think we enjoyed certainly the collaboration with Peter,” Binotto told media, including RacingNews365.com.
“He was always very transparent, fair with the teams, and [he was] rational. He’s got certainly a lot of competencies and experience.
“But, there is a reorganisation within the FIA, and it’s down to the new president to decide his own team.