Following the controversial finish of the 2021 Formulation 1 season in Abu Dhabi, the FIA launched an investigation into the ultimate laps of the occasion amid the dimensions of what it mentioned was“misunderstandings” following the occasions that led to the coronation of Max Verstappen because of an overtaking of Lewis Hamilton within the dying moments.
If the method is meant to result in a report in the beginning of March, some worry that this investigation will serve to legitimize the controversial actions of the race administration and won’t result in a clear end result. Requested by Motorsport.com on this controversy, Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing, believes that it will be significant for the credibility of the self-discipline that a clear reply be given on what actually occurred and on the choices taken at Yas Marina.
Even when he thinks that F1 will steadily flip the web page on this ultimate because the 2022 season begins, he believes that it’s as much as the FIA to deal with the investigation process with all of the seriousness it deserves. “I believe for all of the controversies in sports activities, over time, as quickly as the following season begins, the accidents begin to heal.”
“However I consider that the FIA should publish a report [disant] ‘Here is what occurred, here is how and why we expect it occurred. Here is what was proper, here is what was incorrect’, and all that they are going to current within the report, after which present that they took steps to verify it does not occur once more.”
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton on the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP
The federation’s race director, Michael Masi, is on the coronary heart of the criticism of the top of the race, and his function can be among the many parts that can be notably scrutinized when the investigation stories its conclusions. Brown clearly refuses to fall into the conspiracy idea typically evoked to elucidate the alternatives made in Abu Dhabi. “I do not assume it was a malicious determination. So I disagree with those that might need the opinion that this self-discipline is corrupt, and so on.”
“Do I believe a unique determination might have been made? Sure, in all probability. However I need to wait to see the conclusions of the FIA. I believe now we have all seen in sport referees making selections with which individuals disagree. Generally they’re proper, typically they’re incorrect. It rapidly turns into heated. Then the [nouvelle] season begins and, though we always remember it, it rapidly turns into a factor of the previous.”
“We’ve got to scrub up all this”
The McLaren boss additionally thinks the FIA wants to take a look at the administration of F1 as a complete, as he feels adjustments have to be made on a variety of points, not simply Security Automotive guidelines. “I suppose they may come to a conclusion that may permit higher selections to be made sooner or later. And that is what worries me probably the most as a result of the Abu Dhabi end result hasn’t affected us. involved afterwards.”
“[Regardez] driver penalties. lando [Norris] was one incident away from shedding his license [en réalité, si Norris a bien compté dix points de pénalité sur sa Super Licence, ça n’a été que pendant quelques jours en juillet et aucun GP n’était disputé durant ce laps de temps, ndlr], which was loopy, as a result of I am unable to keep in mind a single time when Lando drove dangerously. We wrote to the FIA and F1 with seven races to go and mentioned Lando was a stroller away from [Sergio] Perez off the observe and with out touching it [en référence à la pénalité reçue au GP d’Autriche, ndlr] to lose his license. For me, factors on the license must be for unsafe driving, not racing incidents.”
“So I am extra concerned with getting all of that rectified, as a result of in racing we have been frightened about Lando. Whereas I perceive everybody’s concentrate on Abu Dhabi, I take a look at the final two years and I believe that now we have to scrub up all this.”
With Jonathan Noble