Max Verstappen’s controversial Drivers’ Championship triumph over Lewis Hamilton at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday has sparked plenty of discussions over FIA race director Michael Masi’s handling of the situation. Mercedes lodged notice of their intention to appeal shortly after the end of the contest, which saw Hamilton pipped to the title on the very last lap after a late safety car period.
Masi initially declared that lapped cars would not be allowed to unlap themselves under the safety car after Nicholas Latifi crashed during the closing stages of the race.
However, the 42-year-old went on to reverse his original decision shortly before the restart, giving Verstappen a clear run at Hamilton for the one-lap shootout that followed.
The Dutchman managed to squeeze ahead before defending his rival’s last-gasp advances to clinch the end-of-season honours in dramatic fashion.
Mercedes responded by launching two protests with regards to the last-lap fiasco which have since been turned down by the FIA.
Express Sport is on hand to provide live updates throughout the day as the dust begins to settle on Sunday’s historic race.