From Andrew Benson's article here - https://www.bbc.com/...rmula1/61367767
It's not just the drivers' noses that are being put out of joint by the FIA at the moment. Last month, Ben Sulayem refused to agree to plans to double the number of 'sprint' events next year to six.
The reason given publicly for this was that he wanted more time to study the impact of the plan on the FIA's race weekend resources.
Teams are briefing that in fact the reason is money - Ben Sulayem asked for more to be paid to the FIA in return for his agreement. Despite the fact that as the teams pay their entry fees based on the
number of points they earn, and the number of points for sprints has been increased this year, they would get more money for more sprint races anyway.
This has angered the teams and bosses of commercial rights holder F1, and it has added to a range of issues that are causing dissatisfaction with the FIA's actions in recent months.
Insiders have told BBC Sport that senior F1 figures are actively questioning whether they need the FIA involved in the sport, and are looking at ways in which they could be removed from being so.
Much of the FIA's income comes from F1, but it spends a relatively small amount of it on the highest level of the sport. In other words, the FIA needs F1 much more than F1 needs the FIA. Or so at least some senior figures are saying.
Could the FIA end up being removed from any effective role in the running of its blue-riband category and be relegated to a largely ceremonial function?
If so, it would be a seismic moment in the governance and history of F1. It may not get that far. But this, it is said by a number of sources, is not an issue that is going away any time soon.
I think it's most likely posturing and political power plays here, but is it actually feasible for F1 to leave the FIA if they continue to disagree?