Masi committed ‘human error’ in F1 final (FIA)
Race director Michael Masi made a human error but acted in good faith under immense pressure from Mercedes and Red Bull at last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Formula 1 chiefs have statue.
The FIA, the governing body of Formula 1, finally published its report on last season’s controversial race on Saturday, after ruling that Masi, who has since lost his job, made a mistake at the end of the race. .
Max Verstappen took the title from Lewis Hamilton after Masi allowed just five drivers to clear in the closing stages of the season finale.
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The FIA called Masi’s action “human error” before concluding the race results can no longer be changed, reaffirming Red Bull’s Verstappen as the 2021 world champion.
The FIA issued its verdict on the eve of the new campaign in Bahrain, 97 days after the disputed race.
In a statement, the FIA said: “The race director recalled the safety car to the pit lane without having completed an extra lap as required by the Formula 1 sporting regulations (Article 48.12).
“It emerged from the analysis that there could be different interpretations of article 48.12 and article 48.13 of the Formula 1 sporting regulations, and that this probably contributed to the procedure applied.
“It was also considered that decisions regarding the safety car at the end of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix were likely to take into account previous discussions which clearly indicated the preference of Formula 1 stakeholders (FIA, Formula 1, teams and drivers) to end races under green flag racing conditions, rather than behind a safety car, when it is safe to do so.
“In combination with the objective of finishing under the green flag racing conditions enforced throughout the 2021 season, the report finds that the Race Director acted in good faith and to the best of his knowledge given the difficult circumstances. , recognizing in particular the significant time constraints for decisions to be made and the immense pressure exerted by the teams.
“Until now, the process of identifying run-in cars has been a manual process and human error has led to not all cars being allowed to run-in on their own.