PARIS ( Associated Press) – Formula One’s governing body on Thursday launched a detailed analysis of last season’s title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton on the final lap in one of the most controversial finishes in F1 history. racked up.
The FIA said all teams have been consulted and will now be discussed with the drivers. Details will be provided to the F1 Commission next month before a “final decision” is announced when the season-opening Bahrain GP starts on 18 March.
The FIA said its newly-elected president, Mohamed Ben Sulayem, has also called for proposals “to review and optimize the organization of the FIA F1 structure for the 2022 season,” adding that confusion arose after the race was over. Race director Michael Massey has faced heavy criticism and even outrage in some quarters.
Mercedes ended the controversy in December when it withdrew its appeal,
Mercedes had filed a pair of protests after the race, in which a late crash helped Verstappen beat Hamilton to his first title.
Both protests were dismissed, and Mercedes then asked for a reconsideration at the International Court of Appeal, a process that could have been pulled into this year.
Hamilton had a nearly 12-second lead over Verstappen and was racing to win – and the season-long championship title – when another car crashed behind him, with five laps to go.
With the safety car out, Verstappen lined up for new tyres, while Hamilton held out to maintain track position.
Masi initially stated that the lapped drivers could not pass the safety car, then reversed the call in a decision that saw Verstappen trail several cars and back to the second when the race resumed with one lap. came to the place.
Verstappen made the most of his fast tires to overtake Hamilton and deny the veteran British driver a record eighth title to go ahead of fellow great Michael Schumacher.
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