Saif Muhammad bin Salim, son of Mohammed Ben Sulayem, president of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), died in a traffic accident, according to several media outlets in the Middle East, especially in the United Arab Emirates, the country of origin of both.
The president’s son was a pilot and competed in Formula 4 in his country. He did this for two seasons, in 2016 and 2017, contesting eight races. In 2016 he finished 14th in the championship. His best result on the grid was an eighth and in the race a seventh.
According to various media, the young man was involved in a car accident on Tuesday (7) and succumbed to his injuries. Al Khaleej’s media also indicates that his body will be cremated today (9) after the wake at the cemetery in Dubai.
Mohammed Ben Sulayem was elected president of the FIA at the end of 2020, replacing Frenchman Jean Todt. In the late eighties and nineties he was also a competitor, in this case in rallies, where he even competed in the WRC World Championship.
Later, he dedicated himself to the organization of events and rose through the federations. The international body has yet to officially pronounce on the matter.
However, today confirmation came from another body. “The Emirates Automobile Federation announces the death of Saif bin Mohammed bin Sulayem, son of International Automobile Federation (FIA) President Muhammad bin Sulayem. We ask God to forgive him and have mercy on him and make him dwell in extensive gardens and give patience to his family. Our condolences to His Excellency Mohammed bin Sulayem and his family. May God reward them and may God bless them,” the announcement read.