Sainz’s radio message to his team during Safety Car confirms other drivers knew Masi was wrong

Carlos Sainz’s radio message during the Safety Car confirmed that Michael Masi was wrong.

Masi’s intervention in the Abu Dhabi GP created the most controversial moment in recent F1 history. It essentially gift-wrapped the championship to Max Verstappen, who was second-best throughout the race and only won through a big slice of luck.

Although the Dutchman’s victory was well-deserved, the way he did was not. It added a massive asterisk next to his championship win. Nobody thought Masi did anything close to legal, including the Smooth Operator himself.

Sainz’s radio message during the Safety Car confirmed that Masi was wrong.

He told Ferrari on the radio, “It would be unfair to restart this race,” as quoted by givemesport.

“We should stay behind the safety car.”

Ferrari were open to the idea before Sainz changed his mind and said that it would be “giving massive advantage to some people”.

What a year!

Sainz crossed the line in third place on the final race of the season. He leapfrogged both Lando Norris and his teammate Carlos Sainz to fifth place in the Drivers’ Championship. His performances also helped Ferrari clinch third in the Constructors’ Championship.

It has been a hugely impressive season from him given that it was his first with the Scuderia. At a time when every newcomer to a team has struggled, Sainz put in an absolute belter of a season.  

Next season will see Ferrari compete under new regulations. If they can produce a car that can match the top contenders, Sainz could well and truly mount a title challenge.

For context, no one has beaten Charles Leclerc as his teammate. The Spaniard broke that duck, and did it in fine style on the last day of the season. He clinched the title of best of the rest, with his consistency proving to be his biggest asset.

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