Lewis Hamilton doesn’t expect the FIA to overturn Max Verstappen’s title triumph, according to reports. F1’s governing body are due to publish their findings on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix later on Monday.
Michael Masi’s future is currently uncertain, with some figures within the sport calling for him to be axed. Hamilton was a mere lap away from securing an eighth title that would have seen him eclipse Michael Schumacher’s record.
However, a safety car incident then paved the way for Verstappen to reign supreme instead. Both Hamilton and Mercedes were furious with the decision to give the Red Bull star the title, believing Masi made serious errors on the day in the Middle East.
F1’s governing body have spent the last few weeks interviewing everybody involved and there’s a chance Masi may lose his job as a result.
And the Silver Arrows and their star driver are instead hoping for a ‘moral victory’ that suggests they were the victims of wrong-doing in Abu Dhabi.
Mercedes have called on the FIA to make big changes and, what’s more, the sport have promised to deliver. Trackside engineering chief Andrew Shovlin recently expressed a belief that tweaks to Formula One can make it an even greater spectacle, while also allowing more fairness.
“One of the big questions that the fans are going to want to know the answer to is are these cars going to give us better racing,” he said when reviewing the sport’s rule changes.
“And importantly, there will be straights now where hopefully you can make a passing manoeuvre stick, whereas previously it wouldn’t have been practical. “So, all of that will start to get a flavour for it in Barcelona, in Bahrain.
“But really, it will only be when the lights go out for that first race that we’ll know whether this project has been successful in that very specific regard.”
Dutch sportscar driver Jeroen Bleekemolen, meanwhile, accused Hamilton of trying to get Masi sacked earlier this month.
He said: “Hamilton is trying to increase the pressure on the FIA motorsport federation and is powerful. “I think he wants to get some people out of there, like race director Michael Masi.
“Lewis wants to turn it upside down. He can do that. He has a lot of influence as the greatest of all. Some people will disappear. “His opinion is noticed and everyone is talking about it – that puts pressure on the FIA.
“They have to intervene and make changes. “The FIA has to come up with a good story, otherwise Hamilton’s first words will not be what the F1 leadership would like to hear.”