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Formula One outlines inquiry

16 January, 2022
Hamilton (left) and Verstappen
Hamilton (left) and Verstappen

Formula 1’s governing body has outlined the process for an inquiry into last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton lost the championship to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after FIA race director Michael Masi did not apply the rules correctly in a late safety-car period.

The FIA is to hold separate meetings with the sporting directors from the Formula 1 teams and the drivers. It will then present its findings to F1 bosses next month.Final decisions will be announced on the eve of the new season.

The stakes for the inquiry are high, because it emerged this week that Hamilton will not decide whether to return to Formula 1 this season until he sees the results of the FIA’s inquiry into the Abu Dhabi race.

Insiders say Hamilton has lost trust in the governing body as a result of the events of Abu Dhabi and the FIA needs to take substantive action to win back his confidence.

Last month, in the aftermath of the race, the FIA admitted the controversy was “tarnishing the image” of F1. (BBC Sports)