FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem has come under fire from the F1 bosses ©Getty Images

Formula One owners Liberty Media has sent a letter to the International Automobile Federation (FIA), criticising the comments made by its President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, who suggested that a potential takeover price was "inflated".

They have called the remarks made on Twitter as "unacceptable" interference.

It comes after a reported bid of $20 billion (£16.3 billion/€18.3 billion) to buy F1's commercial rights was made by Saudi Arabia, according to Bloomberg.

Ben Sulayem said it could lead to higher ticket prices for fans if the new owners look to get money back on their investment, adding that a buyer should "come with a clear, sustainable plan - not just a lot of money".

The letter was sent in response by F1 general counsel, Sacha Woodward Hill, and Renee Wilm, chief legal and administrative officer of Liberty Media Corporation, with this also being circulated to all 10 teams on the grid.

Liberty Media currently own Formula One ©Getty Images
Liberty Media currently own Formula One ©Getty Images

"Formula 1 has the exclusive right to exploit the commercial rights in the FIA Formula One World Championship," read the letter, as first reported by Sky News.

"Further, the FIA has given unequivocal undertakings that it will not do anything to prejudice the ownership, management and/or exploitation of those rights.

"We consider that those comments, made from the FIA president's official social media account, interfere with those rights in an unacceptable manner."

It added that Ben Sulayem "overstepped bounds of the FIA's remit".

There is still over 80 years of the commercial rights deal still in place.

Ben Sulayem's year-long tenure as FIA head has been a tumultuous one, clashing with drivers over comments made about the LGBTQ+ community - leading to a 2023 ban on driver activism.

The FIA President is at odds with teams too, who are opposed to an expansion of the grid - with Andretti and General Motors seeking to enter the Championship.