Mercedes boss Toto Wolff had private talks with new FIA President Muhammad Ben Sulay to discuss the controversial end of December for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the position of race director Michael Masi.
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Mercedes Team leader Toto Wolff and FIA President Muhammed Ben Sulayem met behind the scenes to discuss a controversy that continues to spoil the Abu Dhabi GP.
In what has been declared the most anticipated race in history, sir Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen reached the dead level of Yas Marine on points in the fight for the world driver title.
Just five laps to go, Hamilton was the one to hold the 11-second lead and seemed destined to take the checkered flag – and win the eighth championship crown without precedent – before Williams driver Nicholas Latifi’s crash triggered a chaotic sequence of events. .
A safety car was deployed and it seemed that the race would end that way, except that FIA race director Michael Masi then speeded up the process in an effort to secure the final lap of the race – culminating in Verstappen overcame Hamilton in a dramatic finale. .
Mercedes sparked a protest over what happened, but was rejected, and then, despite the service of the notice of intent on appeal, reluctantly decided to do so.
However, they did so on the grounds that the FIA later promised a full investigation into the process, and this investigation is ongoing to be completed at the FIA World Motorsports Council meeting on March 18, two days before the opening race in Bahrain. .
The outcome is said to be critical for Hamilton’s future, and according to Daily mail , Wolff has now met Sulay, who took over Jean Todt just five days after the season finale, in private talks in Geneva.
No firm agreement was reportedly reached between the couple, but the details of the meeting remained secret – in stark contrast to the FIA’s public promise to be open and transparent in their investigation. Most of the discussions supposedly revolved around the future of race director Masi.
Mercedes and Hamilton are reportedly asked to remove Masi from the position so that the seven-time world champion can continue with the sport – and the Australian has so far withstood numerous calls from fans to retire.
Hamilton, 37, was dignified immediately after the controversy and congratulated Verstappen on winning the title, but has kept his vow of silence ever since.
He and Wolff boycotted the FIA awards gala in Paris, with the Austrian telling reporters that the British driver was “disappointed” by what had happened.