Michael Masi F1 race director just issued a powerful statement ahead of the upcoming Abu Dhabi GP. The two championship protagonists are on equal points after 21 rounds this season, but Max Verstappen stands at the top because he has nine wins to Hamilton’s eight. The inference one can draw is that Max will take home the trophy if both these drivers do not finish in the Yas Marina Circuit on the coming weekend.
This sparked a conversation among F1 pundits if the Dutchman would want to act nasty on the track in order to take Lewis out of the race. However, in a recent development, Masi has warned both drivers of the consequences in any such scenario. He has made it clear that any attempt of a deliberate crash will cost them the title itself.
Masi warns that there are F1 regulations in place
The two drivers have been professional throughout the season and FIA race director Masi expects the same in Abu Dhabi. He said that the championship will hopefully be decided on the track and not in the stewards’ room.
“I can’t control the actions of the two individuals, only they can. But within the regulations we have penalties, be it time or grid penalties,” said Masi as reported by PlanetF1.
“In addition, the International Sporting Code has provision for the stewards to disqualify a competitor or dock championship points. So, yes, Max could be deducted points, as could any team. We hope it isn’t necessary, but it is one of the tools available. I will remind all the teams and drivers of these provisions,” he added.
Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton final showdown
The 2021 F1 season will surely go down as one of the finest seasons in racing history. The two drivers have showcased exceptional skills and a tough mindset, making it one of the most intense title battles in F1.
Lewis Hamilton has been involved in five last race showdowns in his career and has won two of them. Meanwhile, Max Verstappen is rooting for his first world title, in a bid to become the youngest driver in history to win the Holy Grail. The ultimate winner in Jeddah will get the prestige and bragging rights but it won’t come easy for the two of them.
Mark your calendars and witness this epic showdown in Yas Marina Circuit on December 12.