I was surprised to note how few folk responded to one particular phrase in the FIA statement following their official response to the Abu Dhabi GP incidents.
I refer in particular to this paragraph:
" The circumstances surrounding the use of the Safety Car following the incident of driver Nicholas Latifi, and the related communications between the FIA Race Direction team and the Formula 1 teams, have notably generated significant misunderstanding and reactions from Formula 1 teams, drivers and fans, an argument that is currently tarnishing the image of the Championship ... "
I have deduced from this pronouncement that it is 'us' who are at fault, not 'them'. It would appear that blame for the controversy lies solely with everyone else but the FIA hierarchy.
On that basis I would like to offer my most sincere and humble apologies to the 278 staff members of the FIA for any offence which my words may have inadvertently generated and henceforth will mind my place in society, and will doff my bunnet and bow gracefully any time I see anyone sporting an FIA badge.
Hopefully, the 26 and a half million Euro salaries bill (FIA Accounts 2020) will provide some comfort for those who feel slighted.
Whilst I have little argument with the majority of the staff who work at FIA HQ on a daily basis, perhaps it is time for change at the top and hopefully the new President (elections today!) and his team will bring the organisation into the 21st century and be a bit more accountable and responsible towards who they are supposed to represent - and the fans.
Methinks the original aims and ideals of a 'sports governing body' have been somewhat overtaken in the pursuit of commerce and finance .
Fingers crossed, eh?