Villeneuve proposes hilarious solution to Abu Dhabi controversy – “They do that in NASCAR and fists fly”

Former F1 driver Jacques Villeneuve proposed a hilarious solution to settle the Abu Dhabi GP controversy, with it being a rather violent one.

The shambles that took place at the Abu Dhabi GP is still being discussed to this day. At Yas Marina, an absolutely outrageous call broke the rules of the Safety Car and ended up influencing the result of the race and that of the world championship.

Max Verstappen took victory at Abu Dhabi and won his world title in this manner. Although he was a deserving champion and had done nothing wrong, he was far from the best on the title-deciding race, and wouldn’t have won on the day.

With many fans still upset about what happened, the ever-eccentric Villeneuve proposed a hilarious solution to settle the Abu Dhabi GP controversy once and for all.

According to the former world champion, if such an incident took place ever again, he wanted the authorities to “just let everything run free and then – as is customary in America – after an incident, fists would fly.”

Verstappen (right) celebrates his championship win. Source: Reuters

However, he immediately took a serious stance and called for “more precise” rules in F1 and a “permanent race commissioner” to enforce the rules more effectively.


Villeneuve also expressed his sympathy for Race Director Michael Masi, whose call at Abu Dhabi let to the entire debacle.

He pointed out that the Australian was under immense pressure,“especially in the final five races of the season with the team bosses roaring in his ears.”

“I don’t think Masi did everything wrong in Abu Dhabi. It was right to give the race a go, but I would have let those who were lapped overtake one lap earlier,” he added.

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