WATCH: Toto Wolff & Christian Horner Proceed to Crucial FIA Meeting Deliberating Abu Dhabi GP Events

Published 02/14/2022, 3:10 PM EST
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – APRIL 26: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talk in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on April 26, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

The F1 has called for a commission meeting over the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix fiasco. The last race of 2021 has caused a controversy that’s far away from ending. The team principals from Mercedes and Red Bull are on their way to London to attend the meeting.

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Immediately after the race, Mercedes presented appeals to the FIA. The 8-time constructor’s champions were unhappy about the result and asked the governing body to take any action over the race result.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was visibly unhappy when Michael Masi, the race director asked to unlap only the cars between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. He was heard stating, “No Michael no! That was so not right” on team radio.

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Michael Masi’s call to pull out the lapped cars came as soon as he tasked to Christian Horner and Red Bull. Being telecasted on live television, the FIA and Team radio conversations led the Silver Arrows fans to call it a daylight robbery.

However, to make sure that the sport never has to go through such a controversy again, the FIA has launched an investigation and the reports are to be published after the meeting.

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What exactly happened in Abu Dhabi that led to the F1 meeting?

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The last year’s season-ending race at Abu Dhabi has caused a massive stir in the F1 world. The fanbase got divided into two halves as blame game took over when Max Verstappen overtook Lewis Hamilton at the very last lap to pick up his maiden F1 title. Lewis and Mercedes’s fans called it unfair, while Max and Red Bull fans backed the title win.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 10, 2021 Mercedes AMG F1 Executive Director Toto Wolff and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner shake hands in the team principals press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

It all started when Lewis Hamilton was cruising through to take the championship home until Nicholas Latifi crashed. The incident brought out the safety car. In the meantime, Red Bull pulled off a masterstroke and had Verstappen pitted for fresh soft tires. This gave Verstappen a huge advantage over Hamilton, who was on old hard tires.

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Do you think that Lewis was robbed? Or did Red Bull win the driver’s championship due to their strategic masterstroke? Let us know in the comment below.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 writer at Essentially Sports. 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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