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Hamilton Furious With ‘Manipulated’ Ending In Unplayed Radio Message

The way the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix came to an end would have been a tough pill for Lewis Hamilton to swallow. With a potential eighth drivers’ championship slip from his grasp on the last lap of the race, Hamilton was understandably livid at the scenes unfolding in front of his eyes.

The controversial one-lap dash to the line allowed Max Verstappen to pass Hamilton to seal the 2021 title in a very dramatic fashion. Red Bull’s strategists outmanoeuvred Mercedes, pitting Verstappen for fresh soft tyres whilst Hamilton kept track position on old hard tyres.

The surprise decision to allow select lapped cars to pass the Safety Car and get racing back underway spelt disaster for Lewis. Max dived past his rival on the final lap, and despite the Brit’s best attempts to repass along the straights, there was nothing he could do.

Unsurprisingly livid, four corners from the end, a furious Hamilton shouted on the radio claiming that “this has been manipulated, man”.

Curiously, this message wasn’t broadcasted on the world feed but was available to those watching Hamilton’s onboards on F1 TV.

As his race engineer Peter Bonnington remarked that he was “just speechless Lewis, absolutely speechless”, Hamilton remained deathly silent, choosing to stop in parc ferme rather than joining the champion and third-placed Carlos Sainz on the grid.

Gracious in defeat, he congratulated both Verstappen and Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner after the race. However, he’s potentially got himself into trouble, as his decision to skip the official FIA press conference and interviews is a breach of F1’s Sporting Regulations.

Article 56.1 states that the drivers who finish on the podium and a representative of the winning team must be available for an hour and a half post-race for TV interviews and the press conference.

No investigation has been announced yet, but if punished, he faces a fine of up to €250,000 or could be required to do some community work, similar to Horner participating in the 2022 Stewards Programme for his rogue marshal comment.

It’s not yet known if this was a decision from Hamilton himself or a request of Mercedes after they lodged two protests after the chequered flag. 

Hamilton wasn’t the only one keeping silent. Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff refused to speak to the media whilst they protested the decision, and they’ve now lodged an intention to appeal this dismissed protest.

Awkwardly, both of them are expected to appear at the FIA’s prizegiving gala in Paris on Thursday. Imagine how furious the FIA would be if they were a no-show!

Do you agree with Hamilton’s thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

109 thoughts on “Hamilton Furious With ‘Manipulated’ Ending In Unplayed Radio Message

  • Steven Bremer says:

    I keep on thinking of about this and I feel that this is all about a failed strategy on the MB side. Not taking away anything from how odd the events were but if you think about it HAM could have pitted just as VER did. In that case if they cleared the lap cars it would have been a similar shootout but on more equal tires.

    For HAM and Toto do no-show is a sign of poor sportsmanship.

    • Mercedes could not pit Hamilton as there was no knowledge of the race getting back underway. If HAM pitted then VER would have stayed out taking track position and within the rules as Mercedes are protesting, the race would have finished under safety car with Max in P1

      • yeah but the thing is, it is never a sure thing. Nobody has the knowledge how it’s going to go, nobody has a crystal ball and we are all living right now. RB gambled on something different than MB, and won. MB could have also have decided to go for fresh softs, and they would have won. That’s life. The sooner you accept it, the sooner you get over it

        • idk if u saw the race, but RB won coz Masi broke his own safety car rules…The rules say it should have ended under safety car in that situation but Masi broke his own rules, so Max won.

          • Quote that rule James? If you look up the .pdf of the FIA rule book he didn’t break anything. Masi has complete control and use of the safety car. Section 15.

          • That rule is to have authority over the steward of the race, not the entire set of rules.
            What is the point in having rules at all if one guy can tear them up along with 50 years or prescient with 2 laps to go of a championship?

          • The regs are clear and been posted ad nauseam. The director has complete authority and use of the safety car. Past prescient has no bearing on what the rules allow. If it did it would state, “in congruence with past practice…”. It doesn’t.

        • In my opinion the decisions are not really gamble . The one that gambled was RB . MB calculated their response based on the regulations which where overwritten by race director. I think that’s what Mercedes is trying to fix with the appeal . Not winning the championship but putting more restrictions in race director’s power. We ‘ve seen it in spa too . That irritates me more than the last race

          • Regulations that state the Director can change as they see fit. There is a reason they decided to write it in a way that allows the director complete control over the race. So its not boring snoozefest. MB fans need to deal with the fact this is a show. Its not a court of law.

          • Sorry to see you go. You have been replaced with millions of new viewers thanks to Netflix who want to see entertainment vs “Bill enforcing the code violations on luggage capacity.”

          • Nothing to do with who wins or loses, otherwise I would have stopped watching F1 when Senna and Schumacher abused their positions and dishonoured the sport.

          • Miguel Flores says:

            I hope that everything works out in favor of MB in court, so that you can continue with your life and be happy

          • If it goes to a proper court it will go in Merc favour, why do you think we are all so appalled…we don’t like Lewis that much, what we do hate is blatant cheating preventing a sport which we have all grew up with

          • It’s not been racing for a decade or so. However I think you have to look at who owns FI – Liberty Media, an American Company that promotes razzmatazz in sports. They would have an unhealthy relationship with a feeble race director, which leave the bad taste in the mouth.
            If you look at the stats of
            10 races won (against 8 for Hamilton)
            10 pole positions (against 5 for Hamilton)
            600+ laps led this year (against 290 for Hamilton)
            you would say the Championship is deserved.
            Verstappen is bit like Marmite – like it or loathe it.

            ps Charlie Whiting would never have allowed this to happen

          • Christopher Chung says:

            Indeed… 40 years in my case. Masi and fellow stewards have turned F1 into WWF.
            My struggle in not watching next year lies in my hope of witnessing HAM rightfully win his 8th. Then I’ll drop F1 cold-turkey right there and then.

        • That’s a ridiculous point of view. Pitting was the last thing Merc should of done, as it proved they would of lost track position and it would take the Race Director to do the following for it to be a success:
          1. Ignore his own past safety car desicion (Safety Car written ruling he gave after German Grand Prix 2020)
          2. Ignore the FIA Sporting Code (48.12 states “any car which has been lapped by the lead car should pass the lead car to be unlapped” also it states “safety car should be removed the following lap”)
          3. Minimum of 50 years of president

          In summary FIA will get destroyed in a proper court and they know it!

      • Mercs were playing the percentages given that there was a low probability for safety car to come out given the # of laps remaining. RB had nothing to lose and they happened to get the “miracle” they needed. Even if the race had been red-flagged and they had a multi-lap sprint to the finish, I’m 100%+ sure RB would’ve welcomed that opportunity as well.

    • Joeri Marcelis says:

      the problem with “could’ve pitted” is, that if he had, Max would’ve stayed out, and gotten in front.
      sure, Lewis could’ve done the same: get fresh softs, overtake Max on the used hards.

      but the difference is: no one knew how long the SC period would take. if it’d gone to the finish, Lewis would also have lost.

      Max didn’t have that. He was well enough ahead of P3 to keep his position after pitting.

      • Ok, then Max would have been on old tyres and Lewis would have been in the power position. However, as usual, Lewis, and his team, play conservative. Sometimes it works and sometimes its doesn’t.

          • Baloney. They didn’t want to give up position. Engineer even had to explained it the Hamilton squawking about it on the radio. Rules were followed.

          • Neville James Ashtyn Smith says:

            The rules clearly state that the SC comes in the lap AFTER after ANY car that has been lapped passes the SC. Not half the lapped cars on the same lap. Masi has SC discretion IN TERMS OF SAFETY, not entertainment. Brinigng the SC in immediately after half the lapped cars had just overtaken it was a move against safety and was a manufactured, manipulated re-writing of the rulebook in real time. Merc based their strategy on the rules being observed (i.e. either keeping lapped cars in postion and restarting or letitng cars unlap and restarting the lap after (which would end the race under SC.) the teams agree to the rules prior to the start of the season and there are many precedents of races ending under SC. This was bogus, no matter how you try to spin it.

    • Rodrigo Carmona says:

      This is on my mind too. MB did not box not one but two times to ham. With that they really was having the chance to go side by side until the end.

      • Despite not pitting Merc find them 12 seconds ahead with 11 laps remaining, man that’s a terrible strategy

        • Rodrigo Carmona says:

          I can see the sarcasm, but could happen that no VSC or SC but a tire blow up about the tire age.
          That car is insane and Ham is a hell of a driver, but he’s not running alone.

          • I was screaming at the TV if I’m honest wondering why Lewis didn’t put in the VSC. But I’ve no issue with them not during the SC. In my opinion it wouldn’t of mad any difference at the end if Hamilton was on 20 lap old hards/medium or 40 lap old hards Vs scrubbed in Softs against the pole sitter absolutely nailed on that Verstappen would of got him

    • Ok let’s say Merc did the strategy and at the end of the race Ham has better tires and should be able to catch Max. Then let’s say Latifi also crashed and everything was the same. My question is how you can be certain that the dumbhead Masi would do the same thing if this time Max is in front and Ham is on 2nd place? Are you sure that he would do the same – allowing Ham to pass SC and did what Max did? Because this guy is just so inconsistent. The decision on similar situations change race by race. So even if we can go back to the past and repeat the race again, I’m not quite sure Masi will make the same decision again. I really wish FIA be more neutral and consistent next year. They’ve got what they want – a new champ to get more viewership so now I hope they go back to basics and do everything fairly and consistently. We need a proper and fair competition. No need to manipulate and sabotage everything to make sure that the title race is tight like this year. That’s what I called poor sportsmanship.

    • That’s a ridiculous point of view. Pitting was the last thing Merc should of done, as it proved they would of lost track position and it would take the Race Director to do the following for it to be a success:
      1. Ignore his own past safety car desicion (Safety Car written ruling he gave after German Grand Prix 2020)
      2. Ignore the FIA Sporting Code (48.12 states “any car which has been lapped by the lead car should pass the lead car to be unlapped” also it states “safety car should be removed the following lap”)
      3. Minimum of 50 years of president

      In summary FIA will get destroyed in a proper court and they know it!

  • Lewis’ father was the one true gentleman. Went to congratulate both Verstappen and Verstappen’s dad. I’m sure he has his opinion about the entire race and everything that went down over the season. But he’s acting like the better man by dealing with it in private and not shouting at the top of his lungs.

    • Because he understood the reason Masi did what he did. Its entertainment and Masi made sure it wasn’t a boring typical F1 race. The rules are clear and the one section clearly states Masi can override the standard practice.

      • You don’t belong on these sites if you think rules should be applied to make the race exciting over fairness. That is when a sport stops being a sport. That is WWE, not motorsport. I’d rather watch 22 boring F1 races a season raced within the rules than see a ‘rule enforcer’ effectively pick the winner of the whole world championship.

        • Everyone should have your opinion? The rules are explicit that the director has full control over the safety car and he chose to pit it in an unusual manner but not against regulations. Your problem is you don’t like the fact he has the power over the safety car and used it differently than has been traditionally applied. Fair but then your complaint should be with the rule book not the director.

          • And who made that current rule book? I don’t know for sure but the commentators make it sound as if it’s his rule book.

          • I’m sure it’s been developed over decades of racing and this isn’t the first time it’s been debated. Unfortunately we are applying the rules to this one situation as unfair. I wonder what, in history, has happened to make them decide to write the rules as such. I’m sure a situation also deemed unfair.

          • I’ve watched f1 my whole life. I have never seen anything like what happened at the end of that race. Someone mentioned this on another platform that, Lewis earn the backmarkers behind him who were in front of Max. For Masi to just tell them to move out of the way so max can attack Lewis. His actions could be the same as match fixing match fixing. He pretty much guaranteed a victory for max on the last lap of the race. Even the likes of Brundle were surprised by him clearing the road for Max like he did. All of this also shows how much the likes of Eccleston wanting Lewis to retire in order to preserve Schumies legacy.

        • Correct….Its 2 divergent phylosopies…One that says let everyone just take drugs and who could be the best at it. The other says no drugs. We are humans first and foremost in order for there to be lasting enjoyment there must be order and decency.

        • I understand what people think the intent is but that isn’t what is stated in the regs. Its no different than legal court cases. A judge cannot rule on a law based on what they think the intent of the written law is. They have to rule on what is written. Since every situation is different and people try and shoe horn the situation into the regs there is debate. That is why there are 1500 words and probably started out on a simple sheet of paper. In the next 20 years I bet the regs are a tome or two.

          I think Masi knew the regs and used the written word to keep the wishes of Toto and Horner established before the race. People read it one way and other people read it another way. Clearly it either needs to be black and white or everyone has to accept the director has certain leverage to keep the race moving and exciting. In that event, there will always be someone who feels cheated because one person has control over the race.. If its black and white then there is the risk of it being boring and bland. Pick your poison. I’ll pick fun and exciting.

          This season will be debated long after we are dead and gone that is for sure.

  • Anthony Hamilton is one of the most class act people in this whole debacle. Lewis and Max deserve this title. However the Stewarts been pretty shitty the whole season with the ending as their peak stupidity. I would never understand they didn’t use a Red Flag and go Baku style restart.

    • Surprised they didn’t red flag the race at that point given where Latifi crashed and the time needed to clear his car & the debris. If Michael Masi wanted racing, a 6-lap sprint would’ve been a far more viable option than what transpired.

      • 41.1 If Competitors or officials are placed in immediate physical danger by cars running on the track, and the clerk of the course deems circumstances are such that the track cannot be negotiated safely, even behind the safety car, the race will be suspended.

        He followed the rules. In order to have a suspension of the race 41.1 has to be applied. He doesn’t have latitude here only latitude in the use of the safety car.

        • Right there is a grey area, if he deems it unsafe. So he could have deemed unsafe so he could get more trucks out there to clear it faster to have more racing laps.

          • That’s a moral judgement isn’t it. If he truly feels it’s safe then he is obligated to not put out a red flag. If he did clearly RB fans would call foul and Hamilton bias.

            If you aren’t a fan of either side it’s easier to discern the difficult position Masi was put in at the instant it was happening in addition to the demands Toto and Horner established before the race. Masi respected those demands and knew someone was going to be unhappy about it.

            The only thing I think was grey was allowing some of the cars past the safety car. However it was the only way to have an entertaining finish. He wasn’t allowed to have a red flag because the track was safe. i.e. No walls damaged. So what does he do? Either way he makes someone mad.

  • It was manipulated… Sainz could have gone in for a possible win but he still and a lapped car in front of him!!

    • I would love to know what ferrari and the other teams think of an official being able to change the rules 3 minutes from the end of a 9 month season, that saw an entire race being won behind a SC.
      I can’t help but think they are saying to themselves it could be us they stick it to next time.

      • I think they will lobby to take power away from the director. It clearly states the director has power to change things as he/she sees fit. Article 15.3 gives the Race Director “overriding authority” over “the use of the safety car”. I don’t know about courts of law around the world but where I live this is a “blanket” statement to allow an entity complete control over a fluid situation. This in concert with RB and MB agreeing pre-race with Masi that they will “let them race” in the event of a safety car. Masi did a fine job keeping with the spirit of racing entertainment. I don’t care about either driver or team. I care about having fun watching a race for a few hours. Also, this is 1 of 20+ races. If this was race 1 and Silverstone was the last race we would be having a completely different conversation how Hamilton cheated his way to victory. There is always someone going to be bitching about something and in this case its MB fans. If Masi ended it in a snoozefest safety car then RB fans would be bitching. No win situation for those people. However, everyone was screaming and having a ball with a one lap showdown and that was exciting. That is what its all about.

        I hate to say it but no one cared about Ferrari or any other team that night. They were inconsequential in the grand scheme of the show being put on.

          • Yes, it is. What is the other purpose of watching live sports? Should we watch racing for the sole purpose the 1500 words in the rule book are followed exactly as printed without wiggle room. “Happy Bill?”

          • He did follow the rule book and the area that gives him latitude. They aren’t hard and fast rules because not every situation can be written down. Clearly the regulation authors understood they needed to give the director the ability to make sure the race moves fluidly and safely. Additionally, the two teams agreed beforehand to do whatever it takes to race with safety car deployment. I haven’t seen where that is confirmed by Toto but if that is true then he needs to come to terms with what he wanted before the race started.

          • Safety car procedure should exactly be a written rule and followed without exception. There is no circumstance that should change that.

          • I agree. Also no tire swaps during a red flag. There are a lot of rules that should be changed but also black and white rules can make a race really bland. That is the balance that is difficult to get to. Clearly die hard fans and casual fans are not on the same page.

          • Neville James Ashtyn Smith says:

            The problem here is inconsistency of the application of the rules. Under the regulations, Masi had two choices: A. no unlapping (restart sooner but Ver has to pass back markers) B. All cars unlap and SC comes in next lap (race ends under SC, Ham wins). These rules are very tightly and specifically written for a reason. Teams build their very strategies based on these rules, ffs. There was a third option: red flag and restart on equal terms both with fresh tyres. He chose none of these, but did choose an odd combination that essentially assured a RB win. He has ultimate authority re the SC, but truthfully his main concern is the duty of care to the drivers, team members, marshalls and spectators. He brought the SC in earlier than the rules stipulated, which is playing fast and loose with safety. The thing is, the teams agree to these rules at the start of the season and have to live by them rigorously or they get fined or penalised. To rewrite the rulebook in real time under duress from Horner at the end of the season grossly exceeds the race director’s authority and is not only an abuse of power but, more significantly, a revelation of lack of character and spinelessness on Masi’s part. More to the point, it is artificial and manipulated as Hamilton said. Masi did the same bs in Belgium where half points were awarded for zero laps under green flag conditions. He has been lobbied all year by the teams and is a wishy washy eejit. He needs to go.

          • Funny you say hard and fast rules then say he could have red flagged. Could he? What do the “rules” say about red flag deployment? What is the requirement for a red flag and is the director granted latitude in such a situation? He is granted full control over the safety car but not when a red flag should be deployed. 41.1 race suspension.

            The director decision was unusual but it wasn’t against the rule book. They aren’t black and white as much as people want them to be.

        • Where is your moral compass. How is your life framed. It quite likely is not….There no point saying much to anyone who dont understand or choose to ignore this fundamental underpinning of their existence.

        • That’s not what that article is meant to mean, all it means is that the race director has overriding authority over decisions made with the clerk of the course so basically masi gets the final say of what should happen within the rules and not that he can change the rules

          • That’s literally what it says in article, u can’t just read some of it and just assume that’s the whole rule, the race director can override the clerk of the course but not the entire rule book

          • The article says what it says not what you or I think it means. That is how law works and the regs are modeled after such. You cannot interject your opinion to it which is exactly your complaint. “Overriding authority and use of the safety car.” He can do whatever the heck he wants with it no matter how crazy and ridiculous you think it is.

  • I can’t even begin to understand how it must’ve felt to lose it like that on the last lap. I’d be fuming and so can he, really good sportsmanship of Lewis to let it go like that and move on farely quickly.

    • Not a Lewis fan by any means, but I know if I were in his situation, it’d be a mega struggle for me to maintain composure.

    • ask Massa – He won the Brazilan Grand Prix in 2008 and was the leading driver in the Championship. On the very final corner Hamilton overtook Timo Glock, and in doing so overtook Massa to claim the champoinship that year.

      • Christopher Chung says:

        Yeah, we remember that one. Except in that case, no officials were involved. I think Glock simply had car issues.

  • If ending the race under yellow was unacceptable,
    then they HAD to red flag.
    should of been discussed before the race any incident within 10 laps from end if risked ending in yellow would be an immediate red flag with no tire changes.

    • Really weird that they hadn’t considered that when Baku was this very same season. That would have been a much more credible and fairer way to engineer the exciting finish they wanted. They do that and they don’t end up looking nearly so culpable but Masi always seems caught off guard by anything that happens and improvises bogus solutions like those two laps under safety car in Spa which no one in their right mind would have confused for a race.

    • No they cannot just have a red flag to make the race fair. This would be a complaint in the opposite direction. The red flag regulation states. 41.1 If Competitors or officials are placed in immediate physical danger by cars running on the track, and the clerk of the course deems circumstances are such that the track cannot be negotiated safely, even behind the safety car, the race will be suspended.

      Masi would have to believe safety would be impossible. RB would have had a fit because the track was clear before the last lap.

      This was a no win situation for Masi and he followed the rules within his power and to make it entertaining. He could have also ended it on a safety car which would have been traditional but not required. This is what I think the Hamilton fans have a problem with but they train their spears on the director instead. Well, then lobby to have the rules changed to be more black and white. It’ll be boring but you get what you want.

          • Neville James Ashtyn Smith says:

            As RD he can declare a red flag. In fact, it is his responsibility to decide VSC, SC, or RF. When asked before the race whether a crash there would merit a RF he said no, however given the few laps remaining and the desire to go racing, a RF would have been closer to the letter and spirit of the rules compared to the unholy abortion of a chimera of rules he did pull out of his arse.

          • The rules state when a red flag can and should be given in concert with the clerk of the track. We don’t know what the clerk said and since it was cleared quickly I don’t see how a red flag was warranted.

            The only grey area with the rules was how the back markers were no all allowed to pass. Just 5 were. He has control over the safety car but I don’t know about the any vs all wording. Either way, we are arguing over technicalities that he had just a few minutes to make a decision on.

            I think he did a fine job with all that was presented before him.

  • His wife, the Belgian ex-kart driver Sophie Kumpen, claims Verstappen has threatened her by text message, assaulted her, and last week slashed the tyres on her car three times, the Dutch radio Omroep Brabant said. completely in character to pay off massi.

  • Manipulatiom. A farcical ending to the result. No longer a Championship.

    57 yrs an afficionado of F1 – NO LONGER. I have watched my last race.

    It is NOT a sporting event any more.

    • I thought it was absolutely fantastic. My first year watching F1 and if it ended in a safety car I wouldn’t have tuned in next year. I wouldn’t be typing here or reading about F1 and 2022. Masi did a great job keeping it entertaining and that is what its all about. I think the Ford v. Ferrari scene with Bill enforcing the rules on luggage capacity very much applies here. Don’t forget what the purpose of watching boys riding around a track in their over priced cars is.

      • Its the other way round for me, mate. 30 years of watching F1, and the frivolous decisions by the race director this year especially the farcical way it ended, has made me decide I don’t want to waste my time anymore.

    • Miguel Flores says:

      Imagine that every time your favorite loses you throw such an argument. That’s what I call a tantrum. Not typical of a man your age.

  • Instead of letting the lapped cars go by the safety car why didn’t they just let Max through behind Hamilton. As I was watching I didn’t understand why he was restricted from taking his place in 2nd as he would have with the blue flags waving during the race. Then all the lapped cars would be in their rightful place as would the two leaders.

    • Then all the lapped cars would have been in front of Sainz. Not that the race director cared about Sainz apparently. He didn’t let the lapped cars that were ahead of him through anyway. Only the lapped cars that were ahead of Verstappen. That’s part of what was so unfair about how this was handled. Sainz should have been able to fight for P1 and P2 at the restart as well but he didn’t get the benefit of the lapped cars in front of him being let through like Verstappen did

      • Yep, I agree with that part but Sainz wasn’t going to be fighting for anything. Hamilton and Max are so far and away better than the rest of the field is isn’t even close. So Sainz was fodder for the championship. That isn’t fair at all to Sainz but you couldn’t wipe the smile off his face at the end that is for sure. He knew he wasn’t getting anywhere near P2.

        I still think Masi did what was best and within the rule book to allow an entertaining and safe race.

        If people want the rules to be more black and white then F1 will accommodate it but I have a feeling history has pushed the FIA to allow for more leeway to keep from making it boring. Let’s face it most of the world isn’t watching Formula 1 racing. They cannot chase fans away and they are on the precipice of gaining more fans than ever with this year’s excitement and the Netflix series drawing people in.

  • Alexandre Feliz says:

    Off topic: forget about the final lap and head back to start of race…what was the difference between Max have to let Hamilton pass after going outside the lines in the previous Grand Prix and Hamilton going WAY outside the lines and not having to let Max pass in this Grand Prix? No one else curious?

    • That is a complaint many have on here. In consistent application of the rules. I haven’t read those regulations and if they are black and white but those problems are easily solved by having walls or gravel instead of runoff. I don’t get why they have any runoff or even sausage curbs. Have a white line and then safety sand right next to it. Problem solved as the drivers won’t risk going into the sand.

      Funny how Monaco doesn’t have this problem. It was naturally solved decades ago.

    • That argument would be fine if Max even remotely tried to make the corner. That’s where the difference is for me. I don’t support either of the two FYI, so let’s not turn this into toxic fandoms fight.

      • Alexandre Feliz says:

        But that was an honest question. I don’t have money on any of them. But the corners are there for something… it’s a track. If you don’t follow the track Ang gain advantage you have to be penalized…and Max was well penalized in my opinion. Rules are rules and must be enforced…always.

        • V12wasthebomb says:

          No worries, perhaps I phrased it poorly but I was not taking a jab at you I just wanted to make sure we could reason and talk.
          I agree with you that corners are there for a reason. So I guess my question is: What else could HAM do with VER trying to side end him? In my view HAM ran wide specifically because VER did not try to make the corner but instead to ram into HAM’s side, forcing him off, by braking too late. I agree this is not optimal, but what penalty would you have applied in that case? Because I’m not sure I’m following what could be done except leave it be. If HAM gained a lasting advantage by running wide, it’s actually VER’s fault in that case.

          • Alexandre Feliz says:

            Ok. But VER did make the corner…this time :). Maybe last week VER could not make the corner because HAM ran wide and almost hit VER. There will always be controversy. In Brazil ( I think) there is a saying that in English is something like “opinions are like as*es…everyone has its own”:)

          • Haha, well said. IMO he doesn’t make it at all this time either, that’s where my argument stems from. If you think he does, then yes, I can see what you mean now. For me this bit was totally fine.

          • Neville James Ashtyn Smith says:

            VER made the corner (this time) but didn’t leave space for HAM to do so. HAM should have had to give the place back, but VER should also have goten a 5 sec penalty at his next stop.

  • Iredtay de la Upidstay says:

    They need to acknowledge that they took too long to deploy the SC and that their desire to have a “car race” is the same as desiring Max as champion…F1 is not a drag race….and the race director in the end because he is fearful of both Toto and Chris did what he hoped would cause the least amount of trouble for him. He let them “ settle it” on the track….Hamilton had done everything right….including passing the lapped cars that Max had removed by the race director….the race should have ended under full course yellow.

  • Simon Egerton says:

    It is absolutely disgusting what the FIA did just for TV and money, to coin a phrase Hamilton made some time ago, Cash is king, I hope Masi gets the sack post jean todt, he certainly deserves being ousted manipulating a race outcome like that, F1 has lost a 44 year fan after that mockery of a race this past sunday

  • It just goes to show why Masi should be replaced. He hasn’t brought consistency to the races this season. This was a huge blunder from both the Stewards and Masi. There should be an asterisk out beside Verstappens name that the title was given to him and not earned outright. Sad day for F1 racing.

  • I believe that Lewis’ dad was better able to handle it because he has been doing so his entire life, keeping your cool is akin to preserving your life as a Black person is thought to do even when they know that they are being wronged.

  • F 1 screwed Hamilton and turned their racing. As entertainment, not sport. They gave a substandard driver the title, erasing a 10 second advantage and allowing red steer to change tires. If you think you did anything, great. I will find something else to do and I won’t be participating in this farce. F U.

  • Seems to me an easy solution to all of this would be to nullify laps under a safety car and reinstitute refueling. Just pause the lap counter while under the safety car and allow the teams to control their fuel load again. BS it can’t be done safely. That was taken out because of money savings to each team.

  • Lewis and Max should both be crowned 2021 F1 Champions…that is my view…this is an exceptional year and there needs to be an exceptional gesture by F1A for posterity. ..Lewis deserves his 8th title and Max wins his first…but both need to be given their championship titles….
    This is my understanding of all round justice now that the story has reached this far….one gesture for POSTERITY

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