Will Michael Masi hang on as race director and could that ruling affect Lewis Hamilton’s F1 future? All you need to know on D-day of the FIA inquest surrounding the controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that enabled Max Verstappen to snatch world title

Max Verstappen may have become the new Formula One world champion two months ago, but the dust still hasn’t settled on the controversial events of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the season finale. ‘Why aren’t we getting these lapped cars out of the way?’ ‘Those lapped cars; you don’t need to let them go right the way around and catch up with the back of the pack,’ he informed Masi. Usually the lapped cars are given a further lap to catch up with the safety car, but with just one lap left this too was ignored. Wolff was demanding that Masi ‘needed to reinstate the lap before [when Hamilton led], that’s not right.’. One centred on a moment when Verstappen very briefly overtook Hamilton under the safety car before the final lap shootout, which would have resulted in a penalty for the Dutchman if punished.

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