In England, the ‘BBC’ published on Tuesday that Lewis Hamilton is far from determined his continuity in F1 after the outcome of Abu Dhabi, gray or controversial for some and unacceptable for others. The British media slipped that Mercedes could have asked for the head of Michael Masi, race director, or Nikolas Tombazis, single-seater technical manager, although the team denies it, to settle the Yas Marina case. However, they do want a thorough review of the protocol that led Masi to withdraw the safety car with drivers still to unfold with one lap to go and which ultimately gave Verstappen the title (although Hamilton could not defend himself due to a strategic error , had not changed tires).
This Thursday, The FIA issued a statement that responds, in time, to that pressure that has come in recent weeks from what appears to be the ‘Mercedes environment’. “The FIA administration, under the leadership of Mohammed Ben Sulayem (president elected in December to replace Jean Todt) has started a detailed analysis of what happened in the past Abu Dhabi Formula 1 GP ”. “All F1 teams will be consulted on various problems, including this one”, and will include “on the agenda of the sports committee, on January 19, an item dedicated to the use of the safety car.”
From there “it will be discussed with all the pilots” and “The conclusions of the detailed analysis will be presented to the F1 Commission in February.” “The final decisions will be announced at the World Council in Bahrain on March 18,” the statement points out, with an enigmatic closing: “Ben Sulayem has asked the general secretary of sport and recently appointed director of single-seaters, Peter Bayer, proposals for review and optimize the organizational structure of the FIA in F1 for the 2022 season ”. Masi? tombazis? More details and information will be available in the coming weeks.