Formula One to introduce new race-management structure after Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Fiasco

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Micheal Masi
Micheal Masi

The governing body of Formula One, the FIA is planning to introduce a new race-management structure for the following 2022 season. The decision to introduce this is a result of the fallout from 2021’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The mismanagement and fallout following the season finale in Abu Dhabi generated a lot of heat. FIA race director Michael Masi has come under inquiry for allegedly not following the rules during the late safety-car period. Teams have decided FIA needs to be consistent and want changes in the management.

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FIA admits decisions were “tarnishing the image” of F1.

Following the drama in the season finale, the credibility of the sport has been called into question. The FIA itself has admitted it was “tarnishing the image” of F1. They announced that they will be investigating the running of the race with the goal of learning what happened and determining if adjustments are needed for the safety car procedure. This is still underway and FIA is seeking opinions from teams.

Micheal Masi
Micheal Masi

FIA plans to revise its rule to facilitate the race director. There are plans to help stewards make independent judgements on penalties are being considered. A support team is being planned for the race director to help them make decisions as the latter’s role involves a lot of high stress.

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Sources have suggested that Micheal Masi could be sacked as the Race Director for the 2022 season. FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem did not rule out the possibility of removing Masi from his role but wanted to take decisions once it was studied extensively.

Mohammed Ben Sulayem
Mohammed Ben Sulayem

Regarding the situation, Ben Sulayem said he “will take all the necessary decisions after examining the findings of the detailed analysis on this subject decided unanimously by the World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris last 15 December. I will do so in complete independence, refusing any pressure from any quarter, in the sole interest of our sport.”

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The Teams have not voiced their opinions regarding their preference on this situation. Red Bull denied that they had called for Masi to be sacked. Ferrari commented that they were not aware of any such request. Mercedes, McLaren, Alpine, Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo and Haas were unavailable for comments. Williams said it “does not believe it is for teams to decide FIA personnel”.

FIA
FIA

Following the crash of William’s Nicolas Latifi, a safety car was bought out. Masi gave the controversial direction that only the five cars between Hamilton and Verstappen were allowed to unlap themselves. Verstappen has a fresh set of tyres while HAmilton had an old set was at a serious disadvantage This resulted in Red Bull’s Max Verstappen overtaking Lewis Hamilton on the final lap to beat the 7-time World Champion to the title and claim his maiden title.

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