Michael Masi “acted in good faith and to the best of his knowledge” and was “under immense pressure” from Mercedes and Red Bull, the FIA has said after Formula One’s governing body finally published its report into last season’s controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen took the title from Lewis Hamilton’s grasp after Masi, removed as race director last month, allowed only five drivers to un-lap themselves in the closing stages of the season finale.
The FIA described Masi’s action as a “human error” before concluding that the results of the race can no longer be changed, effectively reaffirming Red Bull’s Verstappen as the 2021 world champion.
The FIA delivered its verdict on the eve of the new campaign in Bahrain and 97 days after the conten …