FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem’s son, Saif, has reportedly passed away in a traffic accident. The incident occurred in Dubai on Tuesday and the Ben Sulayem have requested privacy at this time.
Local newspapers have reported his passing and announced a mourning schedule as per Islamic traditions.
Saif Ben Sulayem had followed his father’s passion for motor racing and had started his own path as a racing driver.
He competed 2016-17 UAE Formula 4 championship alongside current Formula One stars Logan Sargeant and Oscar Piastri, finishing as high as seventh in multiple events. However, he decided against pursuing his career internationally, instead deciding to remain in the Middle East.
His Instagram also shows that he shared his father’s passion for fast cars. He has posted multiple pictures of Bugatti Veyrons, McLarens and old rally cars as he travelled around the world with his father.
Mohammed Ben Sulayem took over as President of the FIA in 2020, inheriting the position from former Ferrari boss Jean Todt. Before that, he had forged a successful career as a rally driver and is considered to be one of the most prominent motorsport figures in the Middle East.
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