Lewis Hamilton faces a two-month wait for the result of the final inquiry into the Formula One title | Formula One

Lewis Hamilton faces a two-month wait to find out the outcome of the FIA’ investigation into the conclusion of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that denied him an eighth world title.

The Formula 1 sports federation revealed on Thursday – nearly five weeks after Max Verstappen was controversially crowned champion – that their decision would not be announced until March 18. The opening race of the 2022 season will take place in Bahrain just two days later.

Hamilton, who turned 37 last week, remains disappointed with Formula 1 after FIA racing director Michael Masi handled the safety car restart in the final moments of the race at the Yas Marina Circuit. Red Bull driver Verstappen was able to take advantage of the new tires to pass Hamilton on the last lap and win his first world championship.

Hamilton has not spoken publicly since his loss to Verstappen on December 12, and it has been reported that the Mercedes driver’s future could hinge on FIA results. The investigation was launched earlier this week and Hamilton – along with fellow drivers – has been invited to speak to the sport’s governing body about safety car use.

In a statement, the FIA, the first of its kind on the subject since it initially announced the investigation three days after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, said, “The result of the detailed analysis will be presented to the F1 committee in February,” with “final decisions announced in The World Motorsport Council in Bahrain on March 18” – more than three months after the end of the 2021 season.

The new FIA president, Mohamed Ben Sulayem, was elected to replace outgoing Jean Todt last month and made resolving last season’s farcical end of the season a top priority. It is unclear whether Australian Massey will retain his position as race director.

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“Michael, who has run in 158 races as a driver, told Sky Sports,” Formula One expert Martin Brundle. [Masi] There is obviously only one life left and I don’t know if it is possible in all respects. but change [the race director] It will not solve the problem.

“This is a very big task for one person to handle a 23-race season that is only going to grow,” Brandel added. “If Massey stays he needs a lot of support around him – and I think that’s what they’re looking for – and [if he goes] Who would want to step into his shoes now? “

The testing of the new season begins in Barcelona on February 23. In other news, Alpine team CEO Marcin Budkowski is set to leave the team immediately. Former Aston Martin boss Otmar Szafnauer, who left his former team eight days ago, has been linked with a move to the Alps.

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