FIA report: ‘Human error’ in charge for Method 1’s Abu Dhabi controversy however outcome stays ‘legitimate’

The FIA have concluded that the controversy over the Abu Dhabi Method 1 season finale in 2021 was right down to ‘human error’ however that the outcomes are ‘legitimate’.

Race director Michael Masi lately left his position following the investigation, which allowed Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen the possibility to assault Lewis Hamilton with a lap remaining.

The FIA famous that Masi had not taken heed of the rules relating to the late presence of the protection automotive, saying he had, “known as the protection automotive again into the pit lane with out it having accomplished a further lap as required by the Method 1 Sporting Rules (Article 48.12).”

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“The method of figuring out lapped vehicles has up till now been a handbook one and human error result in the truth that not all vehicles have been allowed to un-lap themselves,” the FIA added.

That allowed him to win the Grand Prix and safe sufficient factors to win his first world championship, and denied Hamilton the possibility to win a record-breaking eighth.

It appeared following the race conclusion that Masi had incorrectly interpreted the rules relating to a security automotive restart, and there have been accusations from followers that the choice had been taken to artificially create a extra dramatic ending to the season.

Nonetheless the report, launched on Saturday, stated that Masi had acted in ‘good religion’ when making his selections.

Will the outcome be overturned?

Regardless of the report coming to the conclusion that the choice was taken in error, the outcomes – and subsequently the championship standings from final season – can be upheld.

Michael Masi

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The assertion added: “The report finds that the race director was appearing in good religion and to the most effective of his information given the tough circumstances, notably acknowledging the numerous time constraints for selections to be made and the immense stress being utilized by the groups.

The outcomes of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the FIA Method One World Championship are legitimate, last and can’t now be modified.

What are the adjustments to be made?

  • Info and communication on which vehicles have to un-lap themselves can be dealt with by laptop
  • A VAR-like distant operations centre at FIA headquarters in Geneva can be established
  • Direct communication between race director and groups is to be ended
  • Un-lapping procedures to be additional reviewed
  • Two race administrators – Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas – will alternate, and can be assisted by Herbie Blash, a former deputy race director

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