FIA release report into Hamilton and Verstappen controversy with four recommendations


The report has highlighted four recommendations which have already been introduced into the 2022 rules. Updates include changes to the safety car rules, new race directors and a virtual referee.

It comes after the FIA promised a “detailed analysis” of the final laps after fans hit back at the outcome of the battle between Hamilton and Verstappen.

They said the report was conducted to draw any lessons form this situation” and provide “clarity” to participants and fans.  The report also addressed Michael Masi who was fired as race director ahead of the season after the controversy. 

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The report said the decisions regarding the use of the safety car “took into account” previous discussions with team managers.  This made clever the teams “preference” to end races under green flag conditions rather than behind a safety car. 

The F1 drivers consultation confirmed finishing behind a safety car “remains desirable” but safety “should always come first”. They confirmed a new software has been developed for 2022 which will automatically commuter which cars must unlap themselves. 

Other changes will see the interaction of a Virtual Race Control Room to scrutinise decisions after they are made.  Direct radio communications between teams and the FIA during the director will not be broadcasted. 

This will help “protect the Race Director from anuy pressure” ro ensure decisions can be made “peacefully”. A new race management team has also been introduced with two directors instead of one. Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas will alternate the role with ekp from FIA advisor Herbie Blash.


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