There’s no arguing about it Michael Masi cost Hamilton the title.
you cant stick it fully on 1 person 100%. there are many reasons leading up to it. that would made masi terrible decisions less meaningful,Apparently there is
My point exactly about the cars chasing Sainz down what if it was a Mclaren still fighting for 3rd in the constructors and were denied that chance. By coincidence 4th and 5th were Gasly and Tsunoda so that team wont kick a fuss about being screwed as wellIt's really simple. Its not about who deserved it or who had a better teammate or who made the right call on tyres or most noise on the radio.
The simple fact is that rules that have been implemented many many times before with singular consistency were, in the most important most watched F1 race ever, not just interpreted differently but were completely ignored in order supposedly to "let them race" . What the hell Masi though they had been doing all afternoon before that point is anyones guess.
Even if you think Masi was right to let the SC come in so quickly it is inexcusable that he did not let all the lapped cars past as this specifically showed his decision was only about LH versus MV and all other drivers were not treated in the same way.
Thats the critical point. If masi does have the power to change an interpretation it must at least be applied to all of the contestants in that race who are affected by it. You cannot allow a rule to implemented only for some of the lapped drivers as then it is no longer a equal contest but its the Race Director picking favourites.
By doing so Masi was making a new rule to favour one driver over all the others. That is called cheating.
Very much doubt the FIA will overturn the result but they might get rid of Masi at leastAll the wailing and gnashing isn't going to make any difference.
Once Verstappen has been officially announced as the WDC at the annual ceremony (whenever that is), there's no going back.
Even if the hearing is held before then, the FIA are never going to change the result.
It's all over.
Just another ****ed up, corrupt F1 season which will be talked about ad infinitum.
Verstappen will be as pissed as Mercedes because if Masi had followed the rules there's a good chance that he would have still won.
As it is, his (first) WDC will forever be tainted and considered to be illegitimate by a considerable number of people.
Equally, if you listen to Fernando Alonso's radio, he was "not surprised" when initially there were going to be cars left between Hamilton and Verstappen for the restart...I don’t know have others are feeling but I think overall sentiment after a few days, mine included, is that Mercedes should take this as high as they can. Twitter is going mental including a huge Ferrari fan thread (yes Bill Boddy, non Hamilton fans think it stinks).
I think the silence of the teams and drivers post paddock interviews is very telling. There is also a lot of radio messages now being made public that shows how disgruntled lower down and impacted drivers were. Wouldn’t surprise me if there will be a multi team appeal or at least support.
I don’t care what happens as long as guilt is proven/admitted and there is accountability for this shit show.
I have and that’s a different situation to what then happened and what I was referring to.Equally, if you listen to Fernando Alonso's radio, he was "not surprised" when initially there were going to be cars left between Hamilton and Verstappen for the restart...
Alpine team radio: "Verstappen is two places behind you..."
Alonso "... Hahahaha - Yes I understand... and he should be two places ahead of me"