Today’s the day a lot of F1 fans have been waiting for. Two months after the season finale in Abu Dhabi, in which Max Verstappen was crowned world champion, the FIA was meant to be revealing all their findings from their investigation into those final few laps.
Christian Horner, Toto Wolff and new FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem all made their way into a swanky office building in London ahead of the F1 Commission meeting today. Still, it sounds like there wasn’t much actually concluded about Abu Dhabi.
In fact, the whole discussion was summarised by the FIA in two short sentences:
“The FIA President led detailed discussions of the 2021 FIA Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“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.”
So, it sounds like an agreement wasn’t decided upon after all, and now we have to wait until sometime this week for an “action plan” and update.
In a statement by the FIA, they clearly stated that all “the findings of this detailed analysis [of the Abu Dhabi investigation] will be presented at the F1 Commission meeting in London on 14th February”.
This was also to be done “after an open discussion with all F1 drivers, and then finally have to be approved at the World Motor Sport Council meeting on 18th March in Bahrain, under the authority of FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem”.
However, it sounds like feedback was given from the teams and their representatives on the FIA’s findings, and that’s all being considered before any decisions are made public.
One interesting takeaway from the FIA statement is that F1’s governing body will be expected to “present news of structural changes”, which could suggest that Michael Masi is out of his role as Race Director.
The FIA did also publish information on how the F1 Sprint would look in 2022 , with two new venues hosting the event and a new points system in place for the top eight finishers.