F1’s governing body, the FIA, have provided an update on their investigation into the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
As reported by RacingNews365.com on Wednesday, the FIA – led by new President Mohammed Ben Sulayem – met for high-level talks this week in a bid to make progress with their investigation into the race.
Max Verstappen won the world title in controversial circumstances after Race Director Michael Masi restarted the encounter for one lap, having let the lapped cars between the Dutchman and Lewis Hamilton unlap themselves.
A statement issued by the FIA on Thursday confirmed that the process is underway in conjunction with all teams, while all drivers are also set to be involved in a “shared discussion” going forward.
The intention is to present the outcome of the analysis to the F1 Commission in February, before final decisions are announced ahead of the 2022 season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on 18 March.
Extra details in the FIA’s statement revealed that the use of the Safety Car will be a dedicated item at an upcoming meeting of the Sporting Advisory Committee, and that proposals will be made to “review and optimise” the FIA F1 structure.
What are the next steps in the FIA investigation?
The statement from the FIA reads: “Following the decision of 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 President launched a consultation with all F1 teams on various issues, including this one.
“On 19 January, 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.”