Red Bull chief Christian Horner makes decision to fire Michael Masi as F1 race director

Masi was removed from his role by the FIA ​​last week in outrage over his decisions as the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix goes on, but not everyone believes it is the right call.

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Christian Horner labeled the FIA’s dismissal decision Formula 1 Race director Michael Masi is “harsh”.

The Australian was officially removed from the post last week because of unrelenting fury following his decisions at the race to decide the 2021 title.

His questionable decisions in the last few rounds of Grand Prix Abu Dhabi lead to Max Verstappen overcome Lewis Hamilton to win the title.

Mercedes Masi feels Masi violated the rules around deploying safety vehicles while doing so, while Hamilton expressed via team radio that he believes the situation was “manipulated”.

If FIA Believing that the fury would dissipate over the winter, they were wrong, as over the past two months many fans have remained angry that Hamilton was denied a title under such circumstances.

Christian Horner believes sacking Michael Masi is a ‘harsh’ move by the FIA


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Under pressure to act, the sport’s governing body announced last week that Masi would no longer be race director and would be offered another role.

Red Bull Director Horner, whose driver has benefited from Masi’s decisions, understands that the FIA ​​is under intense scrutiny, but feels Masi is unfortunate to have been removed from the job.

“It’s a tough one. It’s the FIA’s job. I think it’s tough,” he said TalkSPORT.

“I think he was in a very difficult position last year. We feel a lot of decisions went against us last year.”

Horner expressed his belief that Masi’s job is much more difficult because he has to make decisions while not having access to the same data that teams have in real time on race days.

With that in mind, he praised the FIA ​​for introducing technological upgrades to the process to parallel the replacement of Masi as race director.

“When you look at what he has in terms of resources, compared to what the teams have, it’s a huge, huge difference,” the Red Bull boss added.

“I think it’s good to know that they’re bringing in things like the VAR equivalent and they’re bringing in one of the most experienced guys, Herbie Blash.

Michael Masi was removed from his position as F1 race director last week



“I just think there’s been too much pressure to get rid of Michael and that’s just not true. That’s how I feel.”

Meanwhile, last week Hamilton spoke about that night’s events in Abu Dhabi for the first time since.

During Mercedes’ 2022 car launch event, he admitted that there was a period during the winter where he “lost a bit of faith” in F1.

But he added: “I’m a determined person and I like to think that while moments like these can define someone else’s career, I refuse to let this define mine, so I focused on being the best you can be and coming back stronger.

“If you think what you saw late last year was my best, wait until you see this year.”

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