While the FIA has taken numerous measures following the events at the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso has put the controversy surrounding last season’s final F1 race into perspective regarding Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.
The 2022 Formula One season will kick off in a few weeks’ time, but in the meantime, no one has forgotten the events of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where controversial decisions by race director Michael Masi allowed Max Verstappen to win the race and be crowned champion at the expense of Lewis Hamilton.
In response to the controversy, the FIA has taken significant steps to ensure that such a situation does not arise again, including the introduction of a video system similar to VAR in football and the decision to replace Michael Masi. At the presentation of the Alpine A522 on Monday, Fernando Alonso was even-handed when discussing the subject.
“It was bound to happen one day. But for me it’s not serious.”
“Everyone has their own opinion but it was a normal race for me.” says Alonso,
“Yes, there was this decision, but nobody can control whether there is a safety car or not. It’s a good thing for consistency, I hope. Some people like it, some people don’t, you can never please everybody.
“But anything that makes a decision fairer is good. Would it have made a difference in Abu Dhabi? No. We needed a safety car. It was a big deal because it was the end of the last race of the season. But in 20 years, something like that has happened 200 times to me, 200 times to Michael, 200 times to Montoya, 200 times to everybody.
“If it happens in the third of the fifth race, it doesn’t matter. This time it was the last race with two laps to go. It was bound to happen one day. But for me it’s not a big deal,” said Alonso,