Hamilton gives his verdict on new race directors and FIA president

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After the injustice Lewis Hamilton suffered at the hand of F1’s previous race director Michael Masi at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the Briton gives his thoughts on the new race directors and FIA president.

The controversial ending of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, saw Lewis Hamilton lose out to Max Verstappen in their championship battle, due to unjust decisions made the race director at the time – Michael Masi.

The FIA has since removed Masi from his position, and replaced him with alternating race directors Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas. The change was made early in the reign of new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

Ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Hamilton was asked to give his verdict on the job Ben Sulayem, Freitas and Wittich have done so far.

“Yeah, I really don’t have much to say,” Lewi said.


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“I would just listen to what people are saying. Yeah, we have to have confidence that they’re…  That they will continue to make progress.

“I think it’s about collaboration, so I generally think that there’s been… that a good job has been done so far. I think it will get better with…

“Particularly, you know, we are trying to work with the FIA and I think for Mohammed, I think it’s a huge role, big shoes to fill, and I think we just need to give him time.

“There’s a lot that he wants to do, and lots of things that he wants to change and I believe, from what he’s told us, that he will do those,” Hamilton concluded.

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