FIA are ‘aware of new leaked footage’ showing race director Michael Masi using the SAME wording as a Red Bull chief to explain his controversial safety car decision to Mercedes which handed Max Verstappen the world title over Lewis Hamilton

The FIA say they aware of radio messages between a Red Bull chief and race director Michael Masi that have raised fresh questions over the outcome of the Abu Dhabi title decider, according to reports. Hamilton looked set to coast to victory with five lapped cars separating himself and Red Bull’s Verstappen. In the radio messages, Masi is heard receiving advice from Wheatley on how to deal with the lapped cars with Red Bull desperate for a final-lap shootout. Masi takes on the message from Wheatley, then decides to instruct the five lapped cars to unlap themselves. Yet Masi only ordered for the cars between Hamilton and Verstappen to unlap themselves and opted to leave any cars between the rest of the top six. Moreover, FIA rules explain that once lapped cars pass, racing will start ‘at the end of the following lap’.

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