FIA comes together for top deliberation on Abu Dhabi GP controversy

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The senior figures within the FIA ​​have gathered this week to see how steps can be taken regarding the investigation into the controversial season finale in Abu Dhabi. In that final, Max Verstappen grabbed the world title at the expense of Lewis Hamilton.

FPAL has been informed that the new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulaymen will chair that meeting, with the Deputy President for Sports, Robert Reid. Reid has taken responsibility for providing a detailed analysis of the events in Abu Dhabi.

It was race director Michael Masi who started the race for one lap after a safety car period after only waving past the drivers between Hamilton and Verstappen.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff expressed his anger at that decision via the on-board radio and admitted a few days later that both he and Lewis Hamilton were left disillusioned. They both did not show themselves at the FIA ​​prize gala. Mercedes filed a double appeal, but both were rejected and after deliberation, Mercedes decided not to appeal.

Wolff recently ruled that the whole system of decision-making in Formula needs to be improved, indicating his confidence that shareholders will work well together to put the lessons learned into practice.

Investigate top priority for FIA

Ben Sulayem has reportedly made the investigation into the events at the Yas Marina Circuit his top priority since taking office last month.

The FIA ​​heads of the various departments are all present for this week’s talks. The resulting recommendations will be put on the table at the next World Motor Sport Council meeting on 3 February.

Earlier this week, rumors arose about the lack of Masi’s name on the new FIA organogram, but Masi will report to the FIA ​​as of 2022. Single-Seater Manager and Sports Secretary Peter Bayer, as communicated by the FIA ​​in December. The fact that his name is no longer in the place where he was last year is therefore not the result of his actions during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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