New FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has laid out a wide-coming to patch up of the manner in which Formula 1 races are refereed, with Michael Masi eliminated as race chief and a progression of procedural changes introduced.
Ben Sulayem’s corrections become effective in no time in front of the beginning of the 2022 F1 season and are generally a reaction to the disputable last lap of the 2021 season, during which runner up Max Verstappen was permitted to get up to speed to race pioneer Sir Lewis Hamilton behind the wellbeing vehicle, basically giving the Dutchman the title.
“Making determinations from the itemized examination of the occasions of the last F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and from the 2021 season, I proposed a top to bottom change of the association of refereeing and race bearing. It was consistently upheld by F1 CEO and groups chiefs,” Ben Sulayem said.
There are four vital components to the framework redesign, the first is the execution of a Virtual Race Control Room, which Ben Sulayem compared to the video help official (VAR) utilized in football. The race chief will actually want to involve this to apply guidelines progressively, limiting the requirement for post-race surveys and hearings.
Besides, F1 will limit radio interchanges during races “to shield the race chief from any strain and permit him to take choices calmly”. Groups can in any case speak with the chief, yet by means of a more authority and directed process.
A more straightforward reaction to last prepare’s Abu Dhabi finale is a survey of the standards about drivers unlapping themselves behind the wellbeing vehicle. A ultimate choice on these new principles presently can’t seem to be given however will be concurred preceding the beginning of the 2022 season.
Masi will be offered another job inside the FIA. He will be supplanted by ex-DTM race chief Niels Wittich and WEC race chief Eduardo Freitas on a substituting premise, helped by previous F1 agent race chief Herbie Blash.
Ben Sulayem reported that his arrangement has the help of the World Motor Sport Council and the Senate.
He said: “These primary changes are pivotal in a setting of solid turn of events and the authentic assumptions for drivers, groups, makers, coordinators and, obviously, the fans.”