Formula One: Safety car rules tweaked by FIA in wake of controversial 2021 title decider

Formula 1’s safety car rules have been changed to make it impossible for a race to be conducted in the manner of 2021’s controversial title decider. Michael Masi was removed from his role as race director last month as a result of failing to apply the rules correctly in the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Masi ignored this rule and restarted the race at the end of the lap on which he had ordered only some lapped cars to pass the leaders. Had he followed the rules as intended on this aspect, the race would not have restarted and Hamilton would have been world champion. It is widely accepted within F1 that Masi did not follow the rules correctly.

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