Lewis Hamilton has said that Michael Masi's move to re-iterate the racing rules ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a welcome one.
To mark the title showdown in light of recent controversies and several racing clashes between Hamilton and Max Verstappen this season, the Race Director took the time to point out several relevant areas of the regulations to ensure fairness of competition this weekend as the titles are decided.
While there's nothing new in these regulations, it's a move to emphasise and reiterate them to ensure public knowledge and that the FIA are taking the integrity of the title fight very seriously.
Given that it's Verstappen who stands to gain from a race-ending collision between the title rivals, Hamilton praised the move from Masi.
"Honestly, I think it's such a hard job that the stewards have and Michael has, and I think they've done an amazing job given everything that's thrown at them, and every different scenario is always different," Hamilton told Sky Sports.
"Whether you agree with every decision or not, I think they have such a tough job.
"I think it's great that it's clear to everyone. Not only like secretly in the background in our books as competitors, but it's clear that everyone knows what the rules are and so that things that have happened in the past are avoided."
Gunning for his eighth title
Hamilton is aiming for his eighth World Championship this weekend, which would take him to the very top of the record books and ahead of the seven titles won by Michael Schumacher between 1994 and 2004.
"We're in some unmarked territory as a team," Hamilton told media, including RacingNews365.com.
"Obviously, with the year that we've had, I'm sure so many people would have ruled us out being this close, right at the end.
"I think it's been an incredible group effort from everyone back at the factory and at the track. No one's ever done eight before, but yeah, I feel grateful."
Acknowledging Verstappen's efforts to win his maiden title, Hamilton said he understood his rival's perspective of the fight.
He added: "I remember what it's like also going for your first. I have had those experiences and the roller coaster of emotions that you go through."
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