January 23, 2022

Drivers slam ‘unacceptable’ F1 shambles

Incoming Mercedes driver George Russell has voiced his outrage after a dramatic finish to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix saw Red Bull’s Max Verstappen crowned the Formula 1 world champion.

After retiring from the race on lap 26, Russell watched on as his Williams teammate Nicholas Latifi crashed late within the race, triggering the protection automobile to be deployed and the sector to bunch up with 4 laps remaining.

Regardless of earlier saying that no lapped automobiles can be allowed to move the protection automobile, the FIA reversed their determination to permit solely the 5 drivers separating title rivals Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton to go by.

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George Russell was livid with the FIA’s restart of the Abu Dhabi GP. (Getty)

This set the scene for a busy closing lap dash to the chequered flag which concluded with Verstappen overtaking Hamilton on brisker tyres to grab the championship from the Mercedes driver, who had maintained a dominant lead for almost all of the race.

Russell swiftly took to social media, calling the FIA’s determination to orchestrate a closing lap showdown “unacceptable”.

“Max is a completely unbelievable driver who has had an unbelievable season and I’ve nothing however big respect for him, however what simply occurred is completely unacceptable. I can not consider what we have simply seen,” he wrote on Twitter.

McLaren driver Lando Norris was equally bewildered, feeling uneasy about issues unfolded post-race.

“I am not too positive what was stated from the FIA. At first, we weren’t allowed to overhaul as backmarkers, so if that influenced selections to Mercedes and to Lewis and that is the rationale they did not do the pit cease, however then the FIA immediately modified their minds and so they had been allowed to allow us to previous, then that is the place I am not so positive,” he stated.

“When it comes to the choice, for it to finish like that, I am not so positive.”

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Talking earlier than Mercedes announced its intention to protest and appeal, Sky Sport’s commentary workforce shared combined opinions on the equity of the consequence.

“Sadly for them (Mercedes) they obtained hit with a really sudden, sudden change of thoughts – obvious change of thoughts – about how they had been going to go and restart this race,” stated 1996 world champion Damon Hill.

Former teammates of Hamilton – Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg – mirrored on the peculiarity of the scenario.

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Lewis Hamilton congratulates new F1 world champion Max Verstappen. (Getty)

“You assume the man on the entrance, he is obtained the benefit, however he is form of caught as a result of he would not need to give away monitor place. Whereas Max can simply are available, put a model new set of tyres on and he is proper behind him as they restart,” stated Button.

“The rationale why he is caught is he would not know if the race goes to complete below security automobile, so he cannot pit and put the mushy tyres on and be second as a result of the race would possibly end below security automobile after which Verstappen is world champion. That is the issue,” added Rosberg.

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