McLaren’s Formula One driver, Daniel Ricciardo says he is confident that F1 will do their due diligence in order to prevent another debacle like that during the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Aussie made his statement clear before he ventures into a new season.
Daniel Ricciardo said regarding the issue of preventing any future issues that “I definitely have confidence moving forward because there has been so much emphasis on it, whether it is from drivers, from the outside, I guess they don’t want to put themselves in any position like that again.”
On lap 56 of the race, during which Hamilton was leading, Masi allowed only the five cars directly in front of championship contender Verstappen to unlap themselves before the restart. On the final lap of the race, Verstappen overtook Hamilton on fresher tyres and won the 2021 World Drivers’ Championship.
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Daniel Ricciardo said situation was “pretty f**ked up”
Ricciardo said the mood in the paddock following the final race was pretty shocking and grim and labelled the situation as “pretty f**ked up”. In an interview, the 32 yearl old Aussie clarified his point on the entire fiasco and shared his views.
He added, “all I knew at the time was that Lewis had a relatively big lead and looked like it was wrapped up, and then with one lap to go there is a restart. I knew Max had pitted for fresher tyres and I don’t think Lewis could have pitted, so I was just like ‘Wow!'”
“It is not often you put yourself in another driver’s shoes, especially when you are on track with them. But for whatever reason, I was putting myself in his shoes that night, probably because I could see it all unfold in front of me and I was like ‘Yeah, I would not like to be feeling that right now. That is a really a heartbreaker,” he concluded.
The controversy surrounding Race Director Micheal Masi safety car procedure has had many calling for him to be removed from his job. The FIA has called an investigation of the running of the race which shall conclude by the opening weekend of the 2022 Formula One season.
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