Abu Dhabi GP report says Masi made mistakes, but acted in “good faith”

former FIA race director Michael Masi made mistakes in last season’s title decider, but had acted in “good faith," said an FIA investigation report

by Sourav D
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Abu Dhabi GP report says Masi made mistakes, but acted in “good faith”

Amid conflicting narratives on whether ex-FIA race director Masi did make mistakes on December Abu Dhabi title decider, a lucid analysis of the final lap of Abu Dhabi GP has said on Saturday that the former FIA race director Michael Masi made mistakes in last season’s title decider, but had acted in “good faith”.

In the latest flashpoint of a long-running spat spiralling around the December Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, a report presented to FIA’s World Motor Sport Council said that the FIA’s investigation into the event found out “human errors” in the last season’s title decider which eventually had led to a dubitable finish of Abu Dhabi GP.

Nonetheless, the report also stressed that the Australian acted on good faiths and results of the Championship was valid and could not be altered. If truth is to be told, Masi had botched to finish the last year’s title decider which in effect had costed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton a record eighth driver’s championship title.

Masi made errors while applying a safety car following an accident and his actions turned the title decider to a one-lap sprint. With fresh tyres, Red Bull’s Verstappen easily overtook Hamilton in the final lap.

FIA rules Masi’s mistakes in Abu Dhabi GP as human error

Concomitantly, the report also added that pressures from the team through radio communication could add to hindrances on Masi’s ability to precisely assess the situation.

However, the analysis addressed that the rules about introduction of safety cars should be clarified in future events. Following his grievous mistake on last season’s title decider in Abu Dhabi GP, Masi has been ousted from his position as the FIA race director, while the F1 management has pledged to offer more support for the referees including a Video Assistant review system.

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