Red Bull driver Max Verstappen is happy to have proved his doubters wrong after the FIA published its report on the controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that defined the result of last season.
The Dutchman wants this to become part of the laws of the sport and for the FIA to publish annual reviews going forward.
The aforementioned controversy worked in favour of Verstappen, who won his maiden F1 world championship as a result.
It was equally heartbreaking for seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. The British driver was denied what looked like a golden opportunity to clinch a record eighth title by former race director Michael Masi.
Since then, the FIA has replaced Masi with two new race directors and have placed him in a more “suitable role”.
Hamilton was gracious in defeat and was absent from social media in the aftermath of the final race. Many speculated that he would call it quits from the sport altogether, but he announced his return ahead of this season.
Hamilton’s fans called for the findings of the report to be published by the FIA to ensure there was transparency in the sport.
What does the report say?
The report states that a “misunderstanding” took place with regard to the regulations which caused “confusion” at the end of the race.
Verstappen believes that the FIA should look at making this a norm and post annual reports of this nature.
“I think it’s good they (the FIA) showed it to the world, what they had been investigating,” Verstappen told Sky Sports F1.
“For me, this kind of investigation should happen every single year. I think, as an organisation or as a team, you always want to try and improve and try to do things better.
“For me, it’s quite a natural process you have to do anyway.”
Stewards have been criticised for their inconsistency for a while now and it is certainly no myth.
Recently, an F1 marshal at the Saudi Arabain Grand Prix even spoke about how he wished Hamilton suffered a crash similar to that of Romain Grosjean.
Verstappen wants better defined rules in F1
Verstappen believes that a clearer definition of the rules is important in F1.
“I think for this year anyway, we want to be a bit more clear before we go into a weekend about what is allowed and what isn’t,” he said.
“Even when you talk about track limits. I think what worked really well in Bahrain was the white line. That’s it – no discussion.
“Drivers always like to explore more of the track but if it’s the white line, it’s the white line – you can’t get around it.”
Verstappen claimed the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and currently finds himself in third position in the drivers’ standings, placed behind the Ferrari duo of Chares Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.
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