Formula 1 | FIA wants to maintain ‘constant and impartial’ approach in Abu Dhabi


Formula 1 commissioners will not take a different approach in the final act of this sensational world championship in 2021.

Peter Oord, a very experienced and active FIA ​​commissioner, ruled out measures such as threats of point deduction for Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton for poor track behavior in the Abu Dhabi final this weekend .

« Yes, this is the last race of the season – the end of the world championship. But for the Stewards this race is no different from the first – or the twelfth, » Oord explains.

He insisted he was with the FIA« to maintain such a constant and impartial approach » as possible until the end of the 2021 season, with Verstappen and Hamilton tied on points with one race remaining.

Asked about the sanctioning process that allows for this consistency, Oord assures us that « The commissioners are examining exactly what happened, what penalties are possible and how similar incidents have been handled in the past. »

But as Abu Dhabi is the final round, the stewards will not be able to issue penalties like grid penalties for the next race – as was the case when Verstappen and Hamilton collided with Monza.

« Suppose we have an incident like the one we saw at Monza. It would probably result in a time penalty instead. »

The only case in which the marshals could not act would be a deliberate collision on the part of one of the two pilots, putting them both out of the race. This is not in the interest of Lewis Hamilton since it would benefit Max Verstappen, who would be sacred to the number of victories (9 to 8) despite the same number of points.

Oord admits it: « in the event of such a collision, things should take place before the FIA ​​Tribunal », as in 1997 when Michael Schumacher was disqualified from the championship for his gesture on Jacques Villeneuve. Of course, nobody wants an end to the championship in this way …


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