Max Verstappen, 2021 Abu Dhabi GP
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German racing legend Walter Rohrl has criticized Formula 1, the FIA, new world champion Max Verstappen and even Nicholas Latifi following the controversial 2021 title final.
The two-time world rally champion, 74, joins those who strongly criticize the way Michael Masi and the stewards have handled the incredible drama and consequences of the final laps of the season in Abu Dhabi.
“Now I know that in the future I won’t have to waste another minute watching a Formula 1 race on TV. I can save time and be wrong,” Rohrl told the Straubinger Tagblatt newspaper.
Despite being a member of the FIA ââHall of Fame, the German insists that races must be decided on the track or in a fair and clear process “which is not influenced by any opaque external decision â.
But Rohrl even criticized “amateur driver” Nicholas Latifi for the crash that sparked the controversial safety car period and “decided the world championship”.
âIt leaves such a bad aftertaste,â he said.
As for new world champion Verstappen, Rohrl described the Dutchman as a “cold and characterless pilot who despises” his rivals.
âBut that’s exactly how it takes to be to win,â he admitted.