Lewis Hamilton victim of “rigged” race in Abu Dhabi, according to his Labor peers | F1 | sport


Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali believes Lewis Hamilton will return next season after Mercedes team manager Toto Wolff hinted that the driver’s future was uncertain. The Formula 1 season finale saw Hamilton deny his eighth world title on the very last lap. After a crash further, a safety car was pulled out five laps before the end, allowing Max Verstappen to pit for the soft tires and overtake the Briton to win his first championship. But controversy has surrounded a decision by race director Michael Masi to allow overtaken cars to overtake the safety car on the last lap, making it easier for Verstappen to cross the finish line first.

After the Dutch took the lead, Hamilton stormed over his team’s radio that the race had been “manipulated”.

It was a sentiment shared by Lord Peter Hain, a Labor peer and vice-chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on Formula 1, who told Express.co.uk that the race was “rigged” to create a dramatic end.

He said: “As a Formula 1 fan I thought it was a perverse result.

“The finish was effectively rigged by the marshals to produce a dramatic final for the theater rather than a race result.

“I think it left a bitter taste unless you’re a die-hard Verstappen fan, but even a lot of them admitted it left a nasty taste in their mouths.

“Okay, the rules are very complex for the average fan, but at least there is consistency. It was clearly designed and manufactured to allow for that kind of finish.

“I thought Lewis behaved with enormous dignity afterwards, going to the Red Bull pits to congratulate them, but he must feel absolutely drained and that the rules are being rigged against him.”

The FIA ​​issued a statement after the race and added that a “detailed analysis and clarification exercise for the future with all parties concerned will now take place”.

They added: “This issue will be discussed and addressed with all teams and drivers to learn from this situation and provide clarity to participants, media and fans on current regulations in order to preserve the competitive nature of our sport while ensuring the safety of drivers and officials.

“It is not only Formula 1 that can benefit from this analysis, but also more generally all the other championships on the FIA ​​circuit.

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One aspect of the race that also caught the attention of viewers was the constant communication between the FIA ​​and the Red Bull and Mercedes garages.

Lord Hain warned that the FIA ​​must avoid “preferential communications”.

He added: “There has to be integrity all around. There can’t be preferential communication with some teams over others. I think that’s the important thing.

“There must be no repetition of this.”


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