The outcome of the FIA’s investigation into the handling of last year’s controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will not compromise the “integrity” of the governing body, its president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has vowed.Yas Marina two months ago.
The championship trophy changed hands on the final lap after race director Michael Masi arranged a late restart, seemingly in contravention of the rules. Max Verstappen subsequently overtook Lewis Hamilton to win the race and take the title.
However following yesterday’s commission meeting Ben Sulayem confirmed the inquiry into the race remains incomplete. “We agreed on certain things,” he told Sky. “The analysis is still going on, it will come soon but it was a good discussion there so we will see.”
Masi’s future in the role of race director has been the subject of considerable speculation. The role itself is also likely to be restructured as a result of the investigation.
But Ben Sulayem insisted the integrity of the sport’s governing body will be upheld following the inquiry.
“The information will be announced but the integrity of the FIA will always be intact,” he said. “I’m elected to do that but also to have fair motorsport, that’s my duty.
“It was a very good meeting. We went through a lot of important things for the season. I expect a good Formula 1 season to go ahead.”
“We can only go forward,” he added. “This is important for the FIA, for the integrity of the FIA and the sport. We can only improve the future.”
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