FIA concludes Masi acted in ‘good faith’ when issuing Abu Dhabi GP report

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Following the conclusion of a detailed report following last season’s finale, motor racing’s governing body published its findings on Saturday.

As well as revealing a summary of its investigation, the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council also endorsed its key findings – which suggested that the fault for what went wrong was due to poor regulations and procedural errors. rather than deliberate malice by Masi.

Key to the situation was Articles 48.12 and 48.13 of the F1 Sporting Regulations which detail the process for stragglers coming clear and when a restart should take place.

In its conclusions, the FIA ​​said: “It appears 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.

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“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.

Michael Masi, FIA

Photo by: Erik Junius

While the mistakes made in Abu Dhabi have prompted calls for the race results to be overturned, the FIA ​​is clear that the case is now definitely closed.

He added: “The results of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the FIA ​​Formula 1 World Championship are valid, final and can no longer be changed.

“In accordance with the regulations, Mercedes made a complaint to the stewards after the race, seeking to change the classification of the race. The stewards rejected the protest and Mercedes then had the opportunity to appeal this decision to the Court of international appeal to the FIA, but did not do so.

“There are no other mechanisms available in the rules to change the standings of races.”

The FIA ​​replaced Masi for the 2022 season and made further changes to its procedures. This now includes the process of informing latecomers who may overtake while being automated.

“Until now, the process of identifying timed cars has been manual and human error has led to not all cars being allowed to time themselves,” the FIA ​​added.

“Because manual interventions generally carry a higher risk of human error, software has been developed which will now automate the communication of the list of cars that must turn away.

“In addition, the 2022 Formula 1 Sporting Regulations have recently been updated to clarify that ‘all’ and not ‘all’ cars must be permitted to self-run.”

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