Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: ‘Max Verstappen’s win decided by a questionable call’

Red Bull complained about that, but race director Michael Masi shrugged them off, saying Verstappen had forced Hamilton off the track and any advantage gained had been given back. If Hamilton had stopped, it would have cost them the lead, as Verstappen, behind him, would almost certainly have stayed out. Race director Michael Masi initially said lapped cars would not be allowed to overtake, which would have left five cars between Hamilton and Verstappen for the one lap of racing that it looked like would be left. The race was restarted with one lap to go and the inevitable happened. But that’s not what happened – the following lap was the last lap, and the cars were released to race at the start of it, when the rules appear to say they should not have been. Race director was one of his roles, and Masi assumed it when Whiting died on the eve of the 2019 season.

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