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F1 Fans Voice Criticism As FIA Crown Max Verstappen 2021 Champion on ‘Human Error’ in FIA Abu Dhabi GP Report

Published 03/19/2022, 1:05 PM EDT

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FIA World Motor Council had its meeting today regarding the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The findings from the report are finally made public by the F1 governing body. The findings came just ahead of Saturday’s qualification for Bahrain Grand Prix.

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F1 is in Bahrain for its first race of the season. The event was hosted by Royal Highness of the Kingdom of Bahrain Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa and organized by President of the Bahrain Motor Federation Abdullah Bin Isa Al Khalifa.

The report mentioned that it was a “human error” by then race director Michael Masi. The report further followed, “The process of identifying lapped cars has up until now been a manual one and human error lead to the fact that not all cars were allowed to un-lap themselves.”

The Final Verdict on the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP

The report also stated, “The results of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the FIA Formula One World Championship are valid, final, and cannot now be changed. In accordance with the rules, Mercedes made a protest to the stewards after the race, seeking to change the race classification.”

The stewards dismissed the protest and Mercedes then had an opportunity to appeal that decision to the FIA International Court of Appeal, but did not do so. There are no other available mechanisms in the rules for amending the race classification.“, the FIA report also had, “In addition, the 2022 Formula 1 Sporting Regulations have been recently updated to clarify that “all” and not “any” cars must be permitted to un-lap themselves.”


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The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has attracted huge controversies since its conclusion. From Mercedes filing pleas against the race director to FIA sacking Michael Masi, the F1 has seen a lot lately. The governing body set up a commission meeting in February, where they allowed Verstappen to keep his maiden F1 title.

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Since its release, prominent F1 drivers such as Lewis Hamilton asked the reports to be made public. And as the much anticipated Abu Dhabi report is finally out, the fans have given mixed reactions. Here is a series of reactions by fans:


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Written by:

Sabyasachi Biswas


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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.
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Ranvijay Singh