The finish of the Italian Grand Prix was very reminiscent of the controversial finish of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The only difference is that at Monza the rules were followed, while in Abu Dhabi they were blatantly broken.
The Italian GP finished behind the Safety Car, after the FIA followed the full Safety Car procedure, which means all lapped cars had to be allowed to unlap themselves, and the race could then be restarted only after one additional lap under the Safety Car.
Since the FIA determined there is not enough time to do the whole procedure, the race ended under the SC.
In Abu Dhabi the race director only allowed lapped cars between Hamilton and Verstappen to unlap themselves, and restarted the race immediately on the following lap.
This, of course, led to Verstappen overtaking Hamilton on the last lap, on fresh tyres, winning the race and the 2021 championship in the process.
While discussing the finish at Monza, Ted Kravitz also referenced Abu Dhabi.
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“The FIA’s view on it – they hoped to recover the car quicker but doing it takes time,” Kravitz said.
“It is important, the FIA say, to get the cars to bunch up to allow the marshalls space to recover Ricciardo’s car without cars rushing past. That’s why, they say, it took a while.
“If there is a question, it is about the lost lap 50. Why was the green light not shown to George Russell earlier?
“Was the race director playing it steady? Yes. Could he be quicker? Yes. Was it a just result, in the way that Abu Dhabi wasn’t? Yes.
“There is a technical, sporting working summit between the FIA and F1 team managers on Monday to discuss lots of things.
“This, I’m sure, will be a part of it,” the Briton concluded.