FIA race director Michael Masi has hit out at Mercedes boss Toto Wolff after a controversial end of the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton missed out on an eighth world title in the desert. Wolff was heard fuming over the radio during the final few laps of the race, after a safety car was deployed.
Hamilton had led the race after leapfrogging pole-sitter Verstappen, with the two touching wheels at Turn 7, with the stewards electing not to investigate after the race.
The Briton then held off a strong fightback from Red Bull and Verstappen, fighting hard to get past Sergio Perez, who was ordered to hold off the seven-time world champion.
But in an extraordinary twist in this unbelievable season, it was a safety car that decided the championship as the Williams of Nicholas Latifi smashed into the wall with only a handful of laps remaining.
Verstappen was instructed to pit for new soft tyres, but confusion ensured as the FIA told teams lapped cars could not overtake with laps ticking down.
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