Max Verstappen dizzy Lewis Hamilton and the world when he won the championship he once had at the age of 24. The current champion showed his bravery and technical level superior to the former seven-time world champion.
We can’t say we didn’t see it coming and Max Verstappens performed at the biggest stage of all. But the sanctity of this victory was destroyed after the controversy that occurred in Abu Dhabi and especially after By Michael Masi dismissal.
The dismissal makes it somewhat clear that the FIA has tacitly admitted guilt. Max Verstappen’s orange army has supported him all the way but the reaction from Lewis Hamilton loyalists has been mixed and quite understandable as well.
The grief and disappointment can be fully understood after the disaster that struck Abu Dhabi. But they seem to have gone too far by continuing to call it cheating and demanding that the Dutch driver return the trophy amid the chaos. Did Max Verstappen have anything to do with the controversy? ABSOLUTELY NO.
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The fact that an individual misinterprets the rules in an important situation is part of a sport and will continue to do so when humans touch any game leaving room for error. As long as there is no bad intention behind the similarity, we cannot overturn the decision because there are too many variables involved in that particular situation.
The person who made that mistake should be severely reprimanded, as Michael Masi did. This sends a message to everyone who is in the position of a decision maker but the driver who won it fairly and with integrity will not pay the price.
Max Verstappen was given an opportunity that he took with both hands and made the moment his own. Both drivers have operated on luck throughout the season, and just because it happened in the final race, one shouldn’t be punished for a mistake that wasn’t his fault. So it’s time to move on and accept the verdict.
https://firstsportz.com/formula-1-should-max-verstappen-return-his-first-ever-formula-1-trophy-after-fans-calls-him-a-cheat-following-fias-decision-to-sack-michael-masi/ Should Max Verstappen give back his first Formula 1 trophy after fans called him a ‘fraud’ following the FIA’s decision to sack Michael Masi?