F1 Abu Dhabi action plan will keep FIA's integrity intact - president

The FIA’s review into last year’s controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will protect the integrity of Formula 1’s governing body, according to its president Mohammed Ben Sulayem. 
Lewis Hamilton (GBR), Mercedes AMG F1 and Max Verstappen (NLD), Red Bull Racing
Lewis Hamilton (GBR), Mercedes AMG F1 and Max Verstappen (NLD), Red Bull…
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Although the FIA failed to make any proposals during a crunch meeting of the F1 Commission on Monday, a statement from the FIA said “structural changes” and an “action plan” would be announced later this week. 

Michael Masi’s future as FIA race director has been called into question after he failed to implement the rules correctly during a late Safety Car period and subsequently altered the outcome of the world championship. 

Masi forced a one-lap shoot-out that gave Max Verstappen the chance to overtake long-time race leader Lewis Hamilton and clinch his maiden world title in a hugely dramatic and contentious conclusion to the season. 

Speaking to Sky Sports F1 after Monday’s meeting, Ben Sulayem said: "We agreed on certain things, and the analysis is still going on, but it will come soon. 

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 leads Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B on the final lap of the race.
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 leads Max Verstappen (NLD) Red…
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"It was a good discussion there [and] information will be announced, but definitely as I said, the integrity of the FIA will always be intact. I am elected to do that but also have fair motorsport, as that's my duty. 

“So it was a very good meeting. We went through a lot of important things for the season, so I expect a good F1 season. 

“We can only go forward. This is important for the FIA, for the integrity of the FIA and for the sport. So we can only improve the future."

According to Sky, Masi is poised to to take up a different safety-based role within the FIA for the upcoming season, while the responsibilities of the race director could be shared between two individuals with increased support. 

Ben Sulayem also claimed that F1 rivals Mercedes and Red Bull were in “harmony” during the high-level meeting. 

"They were in line," he said. "I think it's because of Valentine's Day.

"They were close to each other and they were in a good mood, so that was good. I expected more entertainment but it was good to see the harmony between them."

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