The FIA have provided an update on the investigation of the final laps of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The past Formula 1 season ended in a controversial way after Michael Masi’s decision to let certain lapped cars overtake the Safety Car with 1 lap to go in the race. This helped Max Verstappen get closer to Lewis Hamilton and make a pass to win the 2021 title.

Mercedes protested the race results, but it was dismissed by the FIA. After that, they announced the intention to appeal the decision but later withdrew it.

Several days after the race, the FIA announced that they would investigate what had happened during those final laps. Earlier this Thursday, they confirmed that the process had begun and revealed when the final decision would be made.

“The FIA President launched a consultation with all F1 teams on various issues, including this one,” the statement reads.

“On January 19, an item on the agenda of the Sporting Advisory Committee will be dedicated to the use of the Safety Car. The following stage will be a shared discussion with all F1 drivers.

“The outcome of the detailed analysis will be presented to the F1 Commission in February and final decisions will be announced at the World Motor Sport Council in Bahrain on 18 March.

“FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem has asked Secretary General Sport and recently appointed Single-Seater Director Peter Bayer for proposals to review and optimize the organization of the FIA F1 structure for the 2022 season.”

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