The incident led the French F1 driver to reminisce on the controversial decisions taken by Michael Masi at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2021, when Max Verstappen took a shock victory over Lewis Hamilton.
Gasly told Sky Sports F1: “The Liverpool [situation] was a bit of a surprise and definitely a talking point of the weekend.
"We had a conversation last night and there were comments made about Abu Dhabi 2021."
He added: “It’s sport – referees also make mistakes. It’s tough to swallow when you’re on the wrong side of it. But it’s sport, even though it shouldn’t happen sometimes, it does.”
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2021 is a widely known incident that sparked significant controversy, which led to Max Verstappen clinching his first world championship.
Following an incorrect alteration of the safety car restart rules by race director Masi, a dramatic final-lap showdown unfolded between Verstappen and Hamilton, who entered the weekend tied in points.
Masi's decision allowed a specific number of lapped cars to overtake Hamilton, putting Verstappen right behind the British driver with fresher tires. This strategic advantage allowed Verstappen to pass Hamilton and secure the victory.
While many fans called for Hamilton to be awarded the drivers' championship title instead of Verstappen, this scenario did not materialise. Instead, Masi was dismissed from his role as race director.
Back in the world of football, the Premier League has firmly stated that Klopp's request for a rematch will not be granted.
Nevertheless, VAR official Darren England will not officiate any Liverpool games for the remainder of the season.
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