UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Saif Ben Sulayem, son of FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, has died following a car crash in Dubai on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the world motorsport’s governing body confirmed the news. The family has requested privacy, and the FIA president will not release a statement regarding his son’s death.
Saif was passionate about motor racing and competed in the 2016-17 UAE Formula 4 championship alongside current F1 stars Logan Sargeant and Oscar Piastri.
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He had decided against pursuing his career internationally and instead stayed in the Middle East.
Saif shared his father’s love for fast cars and posted pictures of Bugatti Veyrons, McLarens, and old rally cars on his Instagram as he travelled the world with his father.
Mohammed Ben Sulayem, a former rally driver, took over as President of the FIA in 2021 and is considered one of the most prominent motorsport figures in the Middle East.
He had a successful career as a rally driver before becoming FIA president. He helped oversee a restructuring within the FIA in recent years but will take on a less hands-on role in the day-to-day running of Formula One this season.
The news of Saif’s passing has shocked the motorsport community, and many have taken to social media to express their condolences. Local newspapers have reported his passing and announced a mourning schedule per Islamic traditions.
His death has left a void in the Middle East’s motorsport community, and he will be missed by all who knew him.
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