FIA won't publicly release findings of inquiry into 2021 Abu Dhabi GP

The FIA presented a report on the Abu Dhabi GP to F1 teams. However, they only issued a small statement on the same publicly.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen during the Abu Dhabi GP. (Twitter: @F1)

Details of the FIA inquiry into the controversial 2021 Abu Dabhi GP that concluded the last Formula 1 season will not be made public.

The sport’s governing body on Monday (February 14) presented a report on the same to the F1 teams. However, they only issued a small statement on the same publicly.

“The FIA president (Mohammed Ahmed bin Sulayem) led detailed discussions of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix,” it read.

“Feedback from the commission on matters raised will be incorporated into the president’s analysis and he will publicly present news of structural changes and action plan in the coming days.”

This news will doubtless not go down well with a large section of F1 fans. Most believed the findings as well as plans for change would be announced to the fans.

This is especially the case because many felt the sport’s integrity was put at risk due to the way the race ended. It will also fuel talks of the sport and its governing body not being transparent.

It is also worth noting how Lewis Hamilton reacts to this news. Many felt the seven-time world champion was waiting for the FIA inquiry into the matter to end; only after that would he make a decision on his future.

Of course, many believe he will stay on anyway – largely due to a social media post from the Mercedes F1 team. They simply posted an image of Hamilton with the caption “44 is back.”

It’s also worth noting that Hamilton is scheduled to be at the Mercedes car launch on February 18 (Friday).

Why was an FIA inquiry needed into Abu Dhabi GP 2021?

However, even if Hamilton continues, it will do little to dull the noise around the 2021 season-finale at this point.

The manner in which the race ended left a sour taste in the mouth of many fans. And it also saw race director Michael Masi come under plenty of criticism.

A late Safety Car triggered by Nicholas Latifi’s crash ended on the final lap of the race. There were, however, two major sticking points in the way the Safety Car was brought in.

The first was the fact the car was brought in on the same lap on which lapped cars unlapped themselves. This is supposed to happen the lap after the cars do so.

The second was that only the five cars between Hamilton and eventual race and championship winner Max Verstappen were allowed to unlap themselves. Regulations state all lapped cars should get unlapped under a Safety Car.

The 2022 F1 season is set to get underway from March 18 onwards.




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