A Masi Ending To Verstappen-Hamilton F1 Title Battle – 2021 Abu Dhabi GP Review – Inside Line F1 Podcast

It’s tough to argue that Michael Masi & Race Control didn’t interfere in the final outcome of the Drivers’ Championship for the 2021 Formula 1 season.

In the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, why did they not red flag the race with a view to resume it later (a la 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix)? Would that have been the most-fair way to act? 

And of course, would Race Control have acted in the same way if the season finale wasn’t a title deciding one?

Is the culprit the ‘general agreement’ that exists between the Formula 1 teams and Race Control to not end a race under the Safety Car? Yeah, this seems like the ‘gentleman’s agreement’ that drivers selectively following during Qualifying.

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In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal discuss the controversial decisions that clouded Max Verstappen’s crowning moment. After the dust settles, the duo hope that Formula 1 comes out as the winner – a better sport who’s sporting integrity can’t be questioned. After all, the biggest car manufacturers are watching the sport with even more interest these days. Tune in!

(Season 2021, Episode 77)

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Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

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