The FIA has issued a statement on the controversy over the safety car that saw Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton at the F1 World Championships at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The FIA has issued a statement on the controversy over safety cars in which Max Verstappen defeated Lewis Hamilton at the F1 World Championships at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The authority promised a “detailed analysis and clarification exercise” with all teams to explain the dubious procedure that ultimately cost Hamilton dearly.
The Mercedes man was comfortably leading the race with 11 seconds in the final stages when Williams driver Nicholas Latifi collided, causing a safety car.
With nothing to lose, Verstappen pitted to put on new tires, a move that seemed futile when race director Michael Masi indicated the wheeled cars could not overtake the safety vehicle.
However, under pressure from Christian Horner, the Australian changed his mind and instead allowed the five cars between Hamilton and the Dutchman to unfold, to speed up the process and allow one last lap of the race.
With the tires worn, the British driver was always going to face off and Verstappen duly renewed it to carry the checkered flag.
A Mercedes protest over the incident was dismissed, but the consequence continued with Masi being widely accused of fabricating an exciting finish and facing calls to resign. His instructions at the Yas Marina also seemed to directly contradict a precedent he apparently set at the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix.
The FIA has now responded, saying there was a “misunderstanding” and that Verstappen’s title was being “stained”.
“The main responsibility of the FIA in any event is to ensure the safety of all involved and the integrity of the sport,” the statement said.
“Circumstances surrounding the use of the Safety Car following the accident of driver Nicholas Latifi, and related communications between the FIA Race Direction team and Formula 1 teams, have led to notable misunderstandings and reactions from teams, drivers and “Formula 1 fans are arguing that the image of the Championship and the due celebration of the first title of the World Drivers ‘Championship won by Max Verstappen and the eighth consecutive title of the World Constructors’ Championship won by Mercedes” are currently tarnishing the image of the Championship.
They said the matter will now be discussed with all teams and riders to “draw lessons from this situation” and give clarity to all “participants, media and fans about the regulations in force”.
The FIA has also pledged to “propose to the Formula 1 Commission to give a clear mandate for study and proposal to the Sports Advisory Committee, with the support of Formula 1 drivers, so that any significant feedback and conclusions identified are made before the start of the competition. . 2022 season “.