FIA releases formal statement regarding Abu Dhabi GP investigation

The FIA has released a statement regarding their Abu Dhabi GP investigation, saying that the conclusions will be revealed in a few weeks.

The sport’s governing body will meet for discussions on their investigation regarding the race at Yas Marina, which saw a breaking of the rules that ended up influencing the result of the world championship. President Mohammed Ben Sulayem will preside over them at Geneva, with Deputy President for Sport Robert Reid assisting him.

Everything started when Race Director Michael Masi allowed only a certain number of lapped cars by during the Safety Car restart. It left Lewis Hamilton a sitting duck to Max Verstappen, who otherwise would never have caught him.

With the race result still shrouded in controversy, an important meeting was scheduled to discuss the race. Now the FIA has released a statement regarding their Abu Dhabi GP investigation, and announced a date for the final revelation of the findings.

As quoted by GP Technical, the statement reads, “At this stage, no decision has been taken on the outcome of the detailed analysis currently underway into the events of the last Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Abu Dhabi GP was a race marred with controversy. Source: Getty Images

“As previously announced, the findings of this detailed analysis will be presented at the F1 Commission meeting in London on 14th February after an open discussion with all F1 drivers and then finally have to be approved at the World Motor Sport Council meeting on 18th March in Bahrain, under the authority of FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem.”

The President speaks

Ben Sulayem also gave his take on the issue, saying the investigation would be top priority for the betterment of the sport.

“We will look into the rules and we are sure that, if any situation like this occurs in the future, we will have an instant solution for it or avoid it even,” he explained.

“There are many areas that we can improve. We cannot just sit and say we are good. No, it’s not enough in a sport as heavy, I would say, and as important.”

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