December 3, 2022

Formula 1: Abu Dhabi GP findings still on hold but FIA set to make ‘structural changes’

Formula 1: Abu Dhabi GP findings still on hold but FIA set to make ‘structural changes’

FIA holds fire on Abu Dhabi inquiry results but promises ‘structural changes’ and ‘action plan’ in coming days; Sky Sports understands current race director Michael Masi could take on a new safety role

Craig Slater reports that the FIA are proposing ‘structural changes’ following their enquiry into the controversial ending to last season’s Abu Dhabi GP.

Formula 1 changes as a result of the controversial Abu Dhabi 2021 title decider are still on hold. although FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has promised “structural” moves in the coming days – with Michael Masi’s future as race director in severe doubt.

Formula 1, its governing body and the team bosses met in London on Monday for an F1 Commission meeting, where findings from the inquiry into Abu Dhabi were due to be revealed and subsequent changes proposed.

“The FIA President led detailed discussions of the 2021 FIA Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix,” an FIA statement read on Monday afternoon.

“Feedback from the Commission on matters raised will be incorporated into the President’s analysis and he will publicly present news of structural changes and action plan in the coming days.”
“If that were to be confirmed in the coming days, that might be the material change that perhaps Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton were looking for,” added Slater, referencing the “disillusioned” team and driver who were the unlucky parties in the dramatic season-ender.

WEC race director Eduardo Freitas and former DTM race director Niels Wittich are possible contenders for F1’s race director, who is expected to have more support this season.