Caption Competition 230: Friendly greeting

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Formula 1’s commercial rights holders FOM and the sport’s governing body, the FIA, have not always seen eye-to-eye on every issue in recent years.

So what was said when FOM CEO Stefano Domenicali met FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem in the paddock last year?

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45 comments on “Caption Competition 230: Friendly greeting”

  1. Please do not touch me there..

  2. One two, cha-cha-cha. Three four, cha-cha-cha…

  3. Mohammed ben Sulayem: “No tongues, Stefano”

  4. No Andretti!

  5. Don’t overtake me: remember Abu Dhabi ’21.

  6. Damn, even this cardboard looks like he’s about to ask for another big dollar street race.

  7. Stefano: come on then Andretti, outside now and let’s see yer engine deal…I’ll ‘ave ya!!
    Mohammed: Leave it Stefano mate, leave it…he’s not worth it!

  8. Both singing Beatles tune:

    “Help me get my feet back on the grou-ou-ound…
    Won’t you please, please help me?”

  9. “If my wife calls, I stayed at your place last night, understood and I wasn’t anywhere close to the Andretti Hospitality Suite, honest”

  10. Stefano: Do you have the Manufacturer’s Trophy?
    MBS: No. I thought you had it.

  11. I know you lie because your lips are movin
    Tell me do you think I’m dumb?
    I might be young, but I ain’t stupid
    Talking circles with your tongue

    aka Meghan Trainor… :)

  12. MBS: Woaw woaw woaw where are you going Stefano only the “owners” of F1 are allowed down there.

  13. No Stefano, it’s not a real Rolex. I keep all my real Rolexes in a bank safe in Zurich.

  14. Stefano: I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse. Now, you just go outside and enjoy yourself, and, uh, forget about all this ANDRETTI nonsense. I want you, I want you to leave it all to me.

  15. I’ll lead, you follow Mo, but don’t stand on my toes.

  16. Are we on the Epstein name list?!?

  17. Max said WHAT about sprint races?

  18. Help me Stefano, I’m afraid the Wolffs are coming after me!

  19. Roth Man (@rdotquestionmark)
    6th January 2024, 22:51

    Here Stefano have the jacket off my back. Just no more races in a season PLEASE.

  20. Sulayem could be seen taking the physical approach to wrestling control of F1.

  21. Calm down Stefano!
    Calm down??? I just heard the. FIA has appointed Dieter as F1 commissioner, and you ask me to calm down???

  22. Derek Edwards
    6th January 2024, 23:33

    You may be the commercial rights holder, Stefano, but I’m the commercial rights holder holder.

    1. Very Good.

    2. Excellent.

  23. ‘You must make sure the Saudi’s don’t find out about us, Stefano! You must!’

  24. Now try to take a few steps on your own Ben. I’m telling you, wearing those high heels will definitely get more women back on your side.

  25. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
    7th January 2024, 4:58

    Are you humming the Dutch Anthem?

  26. “Of course I am listening, Stefano. After all, you are a man.”

  27. Salsa classes are introduced between the FOM and FIA to help ease tensions.

  28. Why Stefano, WHY?! Why did you sell out to those commercial irresponsible business leaders? You were a Ferrari man ffs! You of all people we thought would have a heart for the sport! Is money really more important to you than your personal integrity?!

  29. Wake up Stefano and stop this circusification! Come back from the dark side into the light! Remember this used to be about cars and racing, not clowns and revenue!

    1. People like you silence the voice of the people for profit Stefano. Wake up!

  30. Is this true Stefano, are you naming circuits CIRCUS and are you getting clowns to replace grid girls?

  31. You know that Mohammed ben Sulayem is up to no good, when he places his Stefano Domenicali wax work in the centre of the paddock as a distraction.

  32. New gimmick game of “sprint strip chess”:

    SD: I take your glasses
    MBS: I take your beard – check
    SD: I take your coat
    MBS: I take your heart – check mate

  33. We would have thought it would take them longer to transition you into an obedient employee just following orders. You sold out all you believed in from the get go! To think you once managed a race team is something very hard to believe.

  34. Gunther Steiner produced this classic photo when asked for the inspiration behind his now (in)famous quote: “We look like a bunch of …”

  35. MBS: “We need to put F1 on Free To Air TV! If we did that then everyone could see the races.”
    SD: “How foolish! Then F1 drivers, teams, and associated advertising will become world renowned.”

  36. Stefano – “Ben, you need to buy your own jacket… there’s a budget cap for your expenses as well”

  37. “Friction is sometimes healthy to bring out the best, Stefano!”

  38. “Stefano, Michael let the the backmarkers pass, why did we do it?”

  39. So that’s how Ferrari were so fast in 2018, they used Helium!

  40. In fact no words were uttered, this shot was moments before Ben proceeded to give Stefano a famous “Glasgow Kiss”

  41. “Stefano this is all a bad dream. Where are my ruby slippers! I want to go home!”

  42. Stefano: Why should I be afraid with Andretti Global?
    ben Sulayem: Michael has brought Rhonda Rousey as a special enforcer to be sure that they get their entry. DO SOMETHING STEFFI!!!

    Stefano: STEFANO!! STEFANO!!!!! MY NAME IS PRONOUCED STEFANO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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