In the round-up: The FIA has begun its analysis of the controversial end to the last season’s title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, in which Lewis Hamilton lost the world championship to Max Verstappen following an unusual application of the Safety Car restart rules.
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FIA inquiry into Abu Dhabi GP and F1’s 2021’s controversial title finale underway (Sky F1)
“The formal investigative side of the inquiry began on Monday and the inquiry team will aim to interview all those involved in the controversy, including race director Michael Masi, stewards, drivers and team representatives.”
FIA probe into 2021 Formula 1 decider picks up speed (Reuters)
“An FIA spokesman said on Wednesday the investigation was being led by Peter Bayer, the Geneva-based secretary general for motorsport, and would be ‘thorough, objective and transparent’.”
Der VW-Konzern will die Formel 1 aufmischen (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – German)
The Volkswagen Group board is expected to meet in February to consider approving the entry of two of its brands into Formula 1 – Audi with McLaren and Porsche with Red Bull.
Formula E and DHL extend partnership with new together green award in tow (Formula E)
“As part of the agreement, DHL remains official founding and logistics partner to the ABB FIA Formula E world championship and will continue to transport over 415 tons of the all-electric motorsport world championship’s freight – including all race cars, batteries and charging units, and media and broadcasting equipment – helping Formula E with a tailored, multi-modal transport approach that maximizes efficiency and reduces CO2 emissions.”
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Calan Williams moves up to F2 with Trident
Australian junior driver Calan Williams has signed to Trident for a 2022 Formula 2 campaign, after contesting the 2021 Formula 3 season with Jenzer. Williams’ best result was a third place at Le Castellet, placing 19th overall in his first full season of Formula 3 after missing the final round of the 2020 season. Trident is yet to confirm who his team mate will be.