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Findings of F1 probe into Masi’s controversial Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen call at Abu Dhabi to be revealed today

FORMULA ONE teams will today be brought up to speed on the FIA’s investigation into under-fire race director Michael Masi.

The F1 Commission will hold a meeting at the sport’s HQ in Piccadilly where understands an update will be given on the probe.

British F1 legend Lewis Hamilton has been left questioning his future in the support after last season’s controversial championship win for big rival Max Verstappen
F1 race director Michael Masi is at the centre of a probe looking into the events of last season’s final race in Abu Dhabi

Newly appointed head of F1 Peter Bayer is due to brief team bosses and owners on their findings so far.

He will outline solutions to ensure there is no repeat of the controversial failure at the Abu Dhabi GP in December.

Masi ignored safety car rules resulting in Red Bull’s Max Verstappen winning the final race of the season and the F1 title – much to British legend Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team’s frustration.

The result meant Hamilton was pipped to a record-breaking eighth world drivers’ title on the final lap.

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One solution is firing Masi, but there is a growing feeling that he will be saved and offered a deputy to help with the decision-making and act as a buffer between Race Control and the pitwall.

The FIA will also try to appease teams who questioned their inconsistent decision-making and application of the rules last season.


McLaren boss Andreas Seidl says changes need to be made to the rules to allow the FIA to rectify incorrect decisions.

He said: “We need to accept that mistakes can happen and you actually raise your hand and admit them.

“And then you have a mechanism in place in order to correct the consequences that such mistakes or controversies could have.

“That is as important as trying to avoid similar controversies in the first place.”

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