TV presenter Nick Knowles has left fans baffled after launching into a spectacular F1 rant one month after the World Championship came to its controversial conclusion.
The DIY SOS host took to Twitter to air his delayed frustrations after Max Verstappen pipped Lewis Hamilton to the F1 crown in the season's dramatic Abu Dhabi title-decider last month.
Hamilton was denied a record-breaking eighth world title after the Dutch driver overtook him on the final lap as confusion reigned after the safety car was issued following a crash involving Williams' Nicholas Latifi.
The Mercedes driver held a four-car buffer over the Red Bull man as lapped drivers were originally told not to unlap themselves, however, a controversial u-turn saw the cars pass and Verstappen triumph in a one-lap shootout.
After much-deliberation, an outraged Mercedes eventually dropped their appeal and conceded the title as the controversially conclusion to the season dominated talk on social media.
Now, just as the furore had begun to die down, Knowles has rather surprisingly caused a confusing stir after launching an explosive Twitter rant, in which he accused the FIA's decision of being "seriously misjudged".
Responding to a post by journalist Will Buxton, Knowles tweeted: "Why won't you take the FIA to task over letting the five cars between first and second through but not the two cars between second and third?
"For a journalist not to be pressing the governing body with these questions in their own sport daily is unfathomable!"
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A follow-up post read: "I think the FIA's plan is to keep their heads down and stop their commentators extending the discussion about AD until the new cars are unveiled and winter testing results come out hoping excitement about the new season will make people forget.
"I think they’ve seriously misjudged"
It's fair to say Knowles' strangely-timed outburst has left fans baffled.
One Twitter user noted: "Who knew Nick Knowles would turn out to be the F1 fan union rep we've needed all along?"
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Another added: Nick Knowles is really lying by the pool somewhere in Sri Lanka logging onto Twitter every day just to put F1 journalists on blast. Not the hero we deserve, but the one we need."
One fan even playfully wrote: "F1 Twitter finally calming down over the Abu Dhabi championship controversy… Nick Knowles: hold my hammer."
In response to one particularly perturbed fan, who wrote, "You literally watch people build houses for a living", Knowles took no prisoners with his reply.
He tweeted: "Well done for joining in – perhaps run your tweets by a responsible adult or ask permission before using your Mum’s phone. But keep chipping in fella – it can only be a couple of years until you’ll say something that adds to the conversation."
While Knowles has had plenty to say on the matter, Hamilton remains tight-lipped and is yet to break his silence over the heart-breaking climax to last season.
Winter testing for the all-new generation of cars will get underway from February 23 ahead of next season's 23-race campaign, which commences on March 18-20.
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