The FIA’s investigation into the controversial Formula 1 season finale in Abu Dhabi will be completed by early February. That writes Sky Sports F1.
Max Verstappen won the world title at the Yas Marina Circuit by overtaking Lewis Hamilton on the last lap. That happened after Nicholas Latifi crashed a few laps before the end of the race and the safety car had to go out on track. That gave Verstappen the opportunity to switch to a set of fresh tires and close the gap to Hamilton. When all the stragglers between the two drivers were then removed, Verstappen was able to easily pass Hamilton at the restart. He won the race and with it the world title.
Mercedes did not agree with the procedure. The team felt that race directors – and in particular race director Michael Masi – had not followed the restart protocol properly. Mercedes therefore filed a protest, but it was unsuccessful. The FIA did announce an in-depth investigation. Sky Sports F1 reports that the formal investigation started last Monday. All involved will be questioned. The new FIA president, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, is said to be personally involved in the investigation.
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The outcome of the study is interesting. Not because it would change the outcome of the world championship. But because it could have consequences for Hamilton’s future. In recent days, media has suggested that the seven-time world champion would like to await the results of the investigation and decide whether or not to continue in Formula 1. Hamilton still has a contract with Mercedes until the end of 2023, but could be huge. sitting in his stomach with the outcome of the championship.
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