The countdown starts until February 2, when the FIA investigations into what happened in Abu Dhabi will be concluded. The news comes on the day when Toto Wolff, Mercedes team principal, blows out fifty candles, a rather important news for him, who finds himself having to manage a very complicated situation: if last year the agreements for the renewal were missing, this year Lewis Hamilton has many other dilemmas to make him desist from continuing his journey in Formula 1 or not.
What happened in Yas Marina is now well known even to the layman of the supreme category of Motorsport. So much has been said after the victory of the first – for some questionable – world title of Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi, with the British rival who has since closed himself in a redundant social silence. He, who is the king of the riders on the grid on Instagram, seems to have disappeared from the radar, taking some time to reflect on the future. Many words have also been spent on this, with a Hamilton in crisis, perhaps close to retiring, who has lost faith in a Federation that has often been on his side and that of Mercedes.
As already reported on F1GrandPrix.it, it seems that the seven-time world champion is waiting for nothing but the removal of Michael Masi and Nicholas Tombazis: if this does not happen, there are those who fear that the Briton could take a sabbatical, if not to decide to retire permanently from Formula 1.
There are many speculations on this, including Mercedes: Brackely’s team had announced the appeal immediately after the checkered flag – after the failure of radio negotiations between Wolff and Masi during the final laps of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It seems that the Austrian team principal is pushing for the removal of the race director from his role.
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Journalists – mostly British – do nothing but throw meat on the fire by speculating on the imminent and probable withdrawal of Hamilton, which to more than a few could at this point appear almost like blackmail to the Federation. Either take away Masi or I’ll withdraw. It is not the intention of the writer to dwell on Lewis Hamilton’s indispensability for the category – that’s another story.
In theory, the possible “protest” of the Mercedes driver would also have a reason for being: the rules have been changed many and too many times during not only the Abu Dhabi race, but throughout the championship, since the inaugural Grand Prix. in Bahrain. All Formula 1 drivers, theoretically, should expose themselves for a category that is not the result of such an unequal will of judges who change at each round. It is only Lewis, however, who comes out defeated this season which was essentially the scene of a two-person match, and it is understandable why the others want to keep out of it.
However, asking for Masi’s head as a reward for a burning defeat is not the solution: as already mentioned, Formula 1 has always been the protagonist of arbitrary decisions and many times contrary to each other in a single season. It is a difficult, if not impossible, task to be able to imagine every type of contact, episode or overtaking possible in an F1 race, also due to always different tracks, and at the same time it is impossible to be able to regulate each event. What is obviously missing are clear guidelines that can lead the race judges to maintain a coherent vision in every Grand Prix, or the real races would be run on appeal, with appeals after appeals. Even the very investigations that the FiA is conducting could lead to an incredible precedent for the future of the category.
So we’re not here to discuss whether Lewis should retire or not; what is certain is that Formula 1 should stop focusing on the show to restore coherence and sportiness to a category that, let us remember, on paper is still the supreme of motorsport.