Max Verstappen fires Michael Masi as star says race director was ‘thrown under bus’

Max Verstappen has criticized the decision to sack Michael Masi as race director ahead of the new F1 season, following a backlash from the controversial Abu Dhabi GP in December.

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Max Verstappen criticized Michael Masi’s decision to remove Michael Masi from his role as race director of the FIA.

The Australian was relieved of his duties last week following a statement by FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem setting out a series of structural changes.

Lewis Hamilton missed out on a record eighth world title last December largely due to Masi’s decision in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Australians’ move to mitigate liability appears to show the sport’s governing body believes what happened in the final stages of the campaign. Grand Prix Abu Dhabi was wronged last year.

As 2021’s title decider nears a close, Masi initially instructed that overturned cars cannot safely overtake the car until it has left the track, meaning there won’t be time to Verstappen trailed behind his opponent, following a collision involving Nicholas Latifi at the end of the race.

Max Verstappen criticizes FIA’s decision to fire Michael Masi



However, Masi controversially changed his mind, allowing the cars between Hamilton and Verstappen to inflate on their own before ordering the car to safely leave the track.

As a result, the 24-year-old was able to tail the British driver before overtaking him in a one-round penalty shootout, benefiting from driving on much newer tyres.

There are still many cars that would have been able to inflate on their own, according to the rules.

Had these rules been followed, the race could have ended behind a safety car as it was the last lap, and when Hamilton took the lead he would be crowned champion.

There has been mixed reaction to Masi’s sacking across the F1 world, and the man who directly benefited from his decision at the Abu Dhabi GP, Max Verstappen, has shared his thoughts on the matter. this topic.

“Of course people talk about what was decided in Abu Dhabi but can you imagine a referee in any sport where the coach or equivalent screams in his ear all the time?” said the Dutch.

“‘Yellow card, red card, no decision, no fouls.” Unable to make a decision.

“That F1 allowing the team members to be able to talk to him while making decisions is very wrong. Michael needs to make decisions on his own without people shouting in his ear.”

Michael Masi was replaced as F1 race director last week


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He added: “The people who fired him in the first place allowed it. For me (it was) unacceptable and now to fire him I see it really not. believable.

“I feel very sorry for Michael because he is very capable and a good race director.

“I have nothing against the new race directors. They are also very capable and good but I feel sad for Michael and I sent him a message.”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner shared a similar view, when he called the FIA’s decision to sack Masi “harsh”.

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