BREAKING: FIA details next steps of their Abu Dhabi GP investigation

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The FIA has issued a statement detailing the next steps of their “detailed analysis of the events of the last Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix”.

The World Motorsport Council has announced on December 15 that the FIA will perform a review of the controversial ending of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, that saw race director Michael Masi ignore Safety Car rules and protocols, which basically handed the world title to Max Verstappen.

There had been no official word from the FIA or Formula 1 on this matter since then. However, yesterday Sky Sports reported that the review process has started on Monday and is expected to conclude by February 3.

Now the FIA has issued a statement announcing the investigation has commenced, and detailing the next steps.

“Following the decision to the World Motor Sport Council in Paris on 15 December 2021, the FIA administration, under the leadership of Mohammed Ben Sulayem, has started the detailed analysis of the events of the last Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix,” the FIA statement reads.

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“The FIA president launch a consultation with all F1 teams on various issues, including this one.

“On January 19, an item on the agenda of the Sporting Advisory Committee will be dedicated to the use of the Safety Car. The following stage will be a shared discussion with all F1 drivers.

“The outcome of the detailed analysis will be presented to the F1 Commission in February and final decisions will be announced at the World Motor Sport Council in Bahrain on 18 March.

“FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has asked Secretary General Sport and recently-appointed Single-Seater Director Peter Bayer for proposals to review and optimise the organisation of the FIA F1 structure for the 2022 season.”

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