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Why the FIA must not bury its head in the sand over Abu Dhabi F1 fallout

Despite the controversial end to 2021's Formula 1 season finale in Abu Dhabi, the FIA backed race director Michael Masi's actions - which ultimately yielded a first world title for Max Verstappen. However, with even Red Bull upset about stewarding inconsistencies, the FIA must be proactive and improve how it runs races

While Formula 1 race director Michael Masi’s decision to clear the lapped cars and hurry the safety car restart in Abu Dhabi was key to helping Max Verstappen win the title in Abu Dhabi, it was quite telling that even Red Bull has joined the voices calling for changes to be made in the way grand prix races are run.

While suggestions of manipulation to favour one team over another are nonsense – with both Mercedes and Red Bull feeling hard done by at various points this season – what is of concern is that there are more and more apparent inconsistencies with the way decisions are made.

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