Abu Dhabi GP: FIA says controversy around final laps ‘tarnishing the image of the championship’ and promises review for 2022

“This topic will be discussed and addressed with all teams and pilots to draw any lessons from this situation and clarity to be provided to participants, media and fans on current regulations”

Last updated: 15/12/21 20:21

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Hear audio from the team radios revealing how late the decision was made to allow riders to release during the controversial Abu Dhabi GP final.

Hear audio from the team radios revealing how late the decision was made to allow the riders to release during the controversial Abu Dhabi GP final.

The FIA, the governing body of Formula 1, said it will conduct an “analysis and clarification exercise” on the controversial events at the end of the Abu Dhabi GP – acknowledging the fallout from Sunday’s race currently “tarnishes the championship image. “.

In a statement following a scheduled meeting of its World Motor Sport Council on Wednesday, in which a report was presented outlining the sequence of events following the deployment of the Safety Car on lap 53, the FIA ​​said its outgoing president Jean Todt had proposed further discussions to provide clarity to teams and drivers ahead of the 2022 season.

“The primary responsibility of the FIA ​​in any event is to ensure the safety of all involved and the integrity of the sport,” said a statement.

“The circumstances surrounding the use of the Safety Car following the accident of driver Nicholas Latifi, and the related communications between the FIA ​​Race Direction team and the Formula 1 teams, in particular generated considerable misunderstandings and reactions from teams, drivers and fans of Formula 1, a topic that is currently clouding the image of the Championship and the dutiful celebration of the first Drivers ‘World Championship won by Max Verstappen and the eighth consecutive Constructors’ World Championship won by Mercedes.

Karun Chandhok was at the SkyPad to analyze how Max Verstappen won the Abu Dhabi GP 2021 ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

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Karun Chandhok was at the SkyPad to analyze how Max Verstappen won the Abu Dhabi GP 2021 ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

Karun Chandhok was at the SkyPad to analyze how Max Verstappen won the Abu Dhabi GP 2021 ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

“Following the presentation of a report regarding the sequence of events that occurred following the accident on the 53rd lap of the Grand Prix and in a constant drive for improvement, the President of the FIA ​​proposed to the World Motor Sport Council that an analysis exercise and detailed clarification for the future with all interested parties will now take place.

“This topic will be discussed and addressed with all teams and pilots to draw any lessons from this situation and clarity to be provided to participants, media and fans on current regulations to preserve the competitive nature of our sport while ensuring the safety of pilots. and the officials. It is not only Formula 1 that can benefit from this analysis, but also more generally all the other championships of the FIA ​​circuit “.

New F1 world champion Max Verstappen has returned to the UK and returned as a hero to Red Bull headquarters.

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New F1 world champion Max Verstappen has returned to the UK and returned as a hero to Red Bull headquarters.

New F1 world champion Max Verstappen has returned to the UK and returned as a hero to Red Bull headquarters.

Mercedes protested the way Race Control and Race Director Michael Masi handled the Safety Car period, claiming it was not in line with the Sporting Regulations, but that challenge was rejected by the stewards.

They filed a notice of intention to appeal shortly thereafter and have until Thursday evening to inform the FIA ​​if they intend to take it to the International Court of Appeal.

Only five of the lapped cars at the time of the Safety Car were cleared to break free, which put Max Verstappen back on the tail of Lewis Hamilton with cooler tires, but didn’t mix the confusing order behind the Red Bull. With the resumption of the race on the 58th and final tour, Verstappen overtook Hamilton to win the 2021 race and championship.

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