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Verstappen is F1 champion but Mercedes legal battle ahead

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Formula 1 could be set for a chaotic and extended legal battle after Mercedes confirmed on Sunday night to appeal the result of a dramatic season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Williams F1 racing driver Nicholas Latifi’s crash eventually gifted to Max Verstappen winning the Formula 1 world drivers title with victory in Abu Dhabi.

Literally Latifi’s crash incident was decided the champion of the world – the Williams F1 driver Latafi’s tiny mistake into the turn 14 barrier on lap 53 produced a Safety Car period at the end of the race, which has made a controversial conclusion to the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The final Safety Car session open an opportunity for Verstappen to stop and put fresher tyre, even as Mercedes opt to stay on track, because expect the race will end with Safety Car.

SC deployed for removing the crashed car and clean the debris, the normal procedure is to allow all the lapped cars to pass the safety car before it pulls in, so that the leaders can have a clear run at each other.

Race director Michael Masi primarily said lapped cars would not be allowed to overtake, Red Bull complained against this decision, following Masi changed his mind and let those five cars overtake – but not the other three. This decision put Verstappen and Hamilton together but left two lapped cars between third-placed Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari and Verstappen and one between Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes and Yuki Tsunoda’s Alpha Tauri.

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff when he complained over the radio immediately after the flag. “It’s called a motor race, Toto,” he said. Some senior figures were aghast at the manner and content of that remark.

SC withdrawn by Masi, and the race was restarted with one lap to go and the predictable happened. Verstappen, with so much extra grip with fresher soft tyre, overtook Hamilton into Turn Five. Hamilton tried to get him back down with 44 lap old tyre in the two subsequent straights but was never likely to.

The world championship results turned the plate – as a result of a questionable call from the race director.

After the race, Mercedes made two protests against the final SC incident, both complaints are rejected by FIA. Following Mercedes informed the FIA late on Sunday of their intention to appeal those decisions and have 96hrs in which to lodge it.

It’s disappointing end – Latifi

“It was a tough race out there today and we were struggling for pace throughout,” Latifi explained. “Towards the end of the grand prix I was racing with Mick Schumacher and was forced slightly wide, but fairly, at turn nine.

“My tyres got dirty from running off track and I subsequently made a small mistake and unfortunately crashed. This obviously wasn’t how I wanted to end our season, so it’s disappointing.”

George Russell, a Mercedes driver next year, said: “Max is an absolutely fantastic driver who has had an incredible season and I have nothing but huge respect for him, but what just happened is absolutely unacceptable. I cannot believe what we’ve just seen.”

Asked if he understood the decision taken by Mercedes – who had a barrister present at the hearing – to launch their initial appeals, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner replied: “It obviously felt a little bit desperate but we didn’t want it to finish in front of the stewards.

“We never wanted to end up in front of the stewards, there was obviously a lot of debate before the race.

“As it turns out it was obviously very different after the race, we don’t go racing with barristers and so on – it was a shame it ended up there but the stewards made the right call.

“We have talked about ‘let them race’, Niki Lauda was the guy who pushed hard for it and we’ve always talked about not finishing racing under safety cars, the race director in difficult circumstances made absolutely the right call and strategically we got it right.

“If they appeal, they appeal. We’ll fight them in the appeal court and then in the legal court after that if they were to go that route.”

Horner also admitted it had been a topsy-turvy day for the team after Hamilton had looked set to coast to the title at more than one point.

“It was an emotional roller coaster,” he added. “It started with a bad start, Lewis making a great start and they had a bit more pace than us today.

“They elected to do a one-stop, we went onto the two-stop and then when Latifi crashed we elected to take another set of tyres.

“They got the race going again and Max had to make it count, he had one lap to do it and he nailed it. So the elation of that moment…and then obviously the summons start coming through for the safety car and another one for other stuff.

“It has been a tense couple of hours but hats off to the FIA and the stewards who I believe have made the right decisions today.”

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Masi out of organisation chart, FIA ‘set deadline for Abu Dhabi investigation’

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FIA Formula 1 Race Director Michael Masi has been utterly criticised following his 2021 F1 final lap decisions, which was decided the driver’s championship. Masi’s strange safety car call benefitted to Max Verstappen who beaten Lewis Hamilton to F1 title.

Meanwhile, the new FIA Organisation Chart has been released for the month of January 2022, and Masi is absent on the list under the single-seater section, this is first organisation chart after newly elected FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, who replaced Jean Todt.

Initially Mercedes protested the results following the 2021 F1 season finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Silver Arrows withdrew its appeal after the FIA dedicated to launching an “analysis and clarification exercise”.

Also, a ‘senior source’ said that Mercedes had a deal agreeing to drop their appeal as long as Masi and Nikolas Tombazis, the FIA’s head of single-seater technical matters, were fired.

Masi has served as the race director for F1 since March 2019 when predecessor Charlie Whiting died just days before that year’s F1 season was due to start.

Recently Sky sports reported that, FIA confirms that Abu Dhabi Grand Prix investigation will complete in early February. Even as Mercedes still claiming that Masi contravened FIA regulations in doing so. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff expressed that Hamilton being “disillusioned” after he was “robbed” of a record-breaking eighth title. The Seven-time F1 world champion has not communicated publicly or on social media in a month.

Sky Sports F1 reporter Slater said that: “They (Mercedes) want to find out what the FIA decide should be the fall-out from what went on over those final laps in Abu Dhabi where, as far as they are concerned, Lewis Hamilton lost an eighth World title because of a misreading of the rules, chiefly by race director Michael Masi.

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“I can report that three weeks is how long the FIA have set themselves to deal with this matter. Work only began in earnest on it on Monday [January 10], that’s to say this FIA commission started to interview those involved.

“This is going to go on. The FIA have told me they will not be dragging this out. It was a concern of Mercedes that it would take so long that it would jeopardise Lewis Hamilton’s pre-season, if he didn’t have these findings well in advance and could take a decision about 2022.

“They also say to me that the [internal] investigation will be thorough, objective and transparent as well. This should be done by February 3rd, at which point the FIA have a [World] Motor Sport Council meeting and hopefully they expect to announce those findings by then.”

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Revealed: Top 10 drivers of 2021 F1 voted by team bosses

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Max Verstappen beaten Lewis Hamilton to clinch 2021 Formula 1 world title in the much-debated Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Also, the Dutchman has been elected as the best driver in the 2021 F1 by team principals.

The same F1 championship points system applied in this voting procedure, 25 for the top driver down to one for 10th in each list.

Verstappen who was made 10 race victory and 18 total podiums in this 23-race long season, awarded as best driver position – 21 points clear of Hamilton.

McLaren youngster Lando Norris received 110 points, who made 10 successive points finish. The Ferrari duo Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc received fourth and fifth position respectively.

Double-time F1 world champion, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso was voted the sixth best driver of 2021, with Pierre Gasly a fine seventh for AlphaTauri.

Top 10 drivers of 2021 F1

POSITION
DRIVER
SCORE
1Max Verstappen213
2Lewis Hamilton192
3Lando Norris110
4Carlos Sainz85
5Charles Leclerc70
6Fernando Alonso69
7Pierre Gasly64
8George Russell44
9Valtteri Bottas43
10Esteban Ocon41

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Revealed: F1 2021 driver crash damage costs list

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2021 Formula One world championship witnessed most existing title battle in the sports history between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Also, the battle concluded with huge controversy and Verstappen cliched his first F1 world title.

F1 team’s spending huge amount of money for championship points, while the crash damage cost is a biggest challenge for every team.

Hass F1 is the only team completing 2021 Championship with zero point, also their speedy Mick Schumacher in top of the list of the crash damage cost during the 2021 season. The report Schumacher’s crashes have cost Team Haas 4,212,500 Euros.

The Sun Research confirm that Mick took eight new front wings and nine new sets of suspension following F1 crash damage across the season which had 22-races in total.

Ferrari ace Charles LeClerc who cost his car 4,046,000 Euros during the entire season. 2021 F1 World Champion Max Verstappen is third on the list costing his team 3,889,000 euros.

F1 2021 driver crash costs in Euros (Source: Sky Germany)

PosDriverTeamCosts in Euros
1Mick SchumacherHaas4,212,500
2Charles LeclercFerrari4,046,000
3Max VerstappenRed Bull3,889,000
4Nicholas Latifi Williams3,116,500
5Valtteri BottasMercedes2,713,500
6Lance Stroll Aston Martin2,686,000
7Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri2,606,500
8Nikita Mazepin Haas2,468,000
9Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo1,950,000
10George Russell Williams1,845,000
11Carlos SainzFerrari1,756,000
12Lando NorrisMcLaren1,453,000
13Lewis HamiltonMercedes1,235,000
14Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1,113,000
15Sergio PerezRed Bull939,000
16Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo854,000
17Daniel RicciardoMcLaren713,000
18Sebastian VettelAston Martin660,000
19Fernando AlonsoAlpine315,000
20Esteban Ocon
Alpine280,000

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SAUDI GRAND PRIX

Date Session Time
FRI DEC 03 FP1 16:30 - 17:30
FRI DEC 03 FP2 20:00 - 21:00
SAT DEC 04 FP3 17:00 - 18:00
SAT DEC 04 QUALI 20:00 - 21:00
SUN DEC 05 RACE 20:30 - 23:30

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