The FIA has officially begun an in-depth analysis of the much-discussed final race of last year’s Formula 1 race in Abu Dhabi. Mohamed Ben Sulayem, the new president of the FIA, will consult with all the teams and touch on the most thorny topic on Wednesday, January 19, which is the use of the safety car. Conversations with all Formula 1 drivers are also part of the investigation.
The reason is the controversial outcome of the World Championships. British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was heading towards his eighth world title in Abu Dhabi after five laps to the end, after Canadian Nicholas Latifi crashed, the safety car was back on track and the pitch collapsed again. Race director Michael Massey decided to remove all the tramps between Hamilton and Max Verstappen and give the duo another lap for the race. The Dutchman made the most of his new tires from Red Bull and beat Hamilton. With the grand prize, Verstappen became the first Dutchman to win the world title.
Mercedes filed two protests after the race about the course of events, but they were not heard. The stable decided to waive further appeal, but managed to get the FIA to scrutinize the final race.
The 37-year-old Hamilton believes the title was illegally taken from him. The seven-time world champion has been so upset by the events in Abu Dhabi that he has been silent for weeks and is said to doubt whether he wants to continue in Formula 1.
Michael Macyek’s resignation
According to the British newspaper, the Daily Mail, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff will already have a conversation with Bin Sulayem next Friday. According to the newspaper, the Austrian will press for Massi’s resignation.
The results of the final race analysis must be submitted to the Formula 1 Commission in February. On March 18, the FIA Council for Motorsports will meet in Bahrain and decisions will be announced.
An important role is reserved for FIA Motorsport Secretary General Peter Baer. This Swiss was recently appointed director of the so-called “single-bench” and thus oversees Formula 1. His task is to assess the organizational structure of Formula 1 within the FIA and make proposals for improvement. So it is also about the position of race director Massey.
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