Verstappen brushes off FIA investigation: They can’t do anything

Max Verstappen isn’t worried about what might emerge as part of the FIA’s report into the events of last season’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Verstappen won the race, and the Drivers’ Championship, having snatched the lead away from title rival Lewis Hamilton on the final lap. This was after a contentious decision by Race Director Michael Masi to withdraw the Safety Car with one lap remaining.

The way the race unfolded resulted in huge controversy, with the FIA promising a root-and-branch review of its own governance and a report into the decisions taken during the Grand Prix – the result of which is due to be made public on 18 March.

But one person who is unconcerned by the report is the new World Champion, given that the result of the championship can’t change.

“Yeah, but they can’t do anything,” Verstappen told UK newspaper The Guardian, when asked for his thoughts about the investigation.

The Dutch driver explained, regardless of what the report reveals, he feels his championship win was fully deserved and isn’t overshadowed by the controversy.

“Not at all,” he commented. “I had a very good season and I think I really deserved it.

“I have been really unlucky as well. People always remember the last race but, if you look at the whole season, the championship should have been decided way earlier.”

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