Toto Wolff is still furious with Michael Masi after his controversial decision cost Lewis Hamilton the 2021 F1 World Championship.
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Toto Wolff is so angry with Michael Masi that he “doesn’t want to speak to him anymore”.
His controversial decision at last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix cost him Lewis Hamilton a record eighth F1 World Championship.
As the 2021 title decision neared its conclusion, Masi initially instructed that lapped cars could not overtake the safety car until it left the track.
So there would have been no time for that Max Verstappen to get behind his rivals after Nicholas Latifi crashed towards the end of the race.
However, Masi controversially changed his mind and allowed the cars between Hamilton and Verstappen to lap themselves before ordering the safety car off the track.
As a result, the 24-year-old was able to stay on the Briton’s heels before overtaking him in a one-lap shootout, benefiting from being on much newer tyres.
There were more cars that, according to the regulations, should be able to lap themselves.
If these rules had been followed the race would likely have ended behind a safety car as it was the final lap and as Hamilton was in the lead he would have been crowned champion.
Wolff fumed after the decision was made and despite protests from Mercedes after the race they were rejected by the FIA.
However, following an investigation into events at the Yas Marina Circuit last December, FIA President Mohammed bin Sulayem announced last month that Masi would be sacked as race director.
In the new documentary “Duel: Hamilton vs. Verstappen” Wolff shares exactly what he feels for Masi.
“I haven’t spoken to him and I never want to speak to him again,” he added.
“His decisions were wrong and I’m sure he regrets them. The FIA should have seen much sooner that there was a problem.
“There was a problem with the structure. There was a problem with personalities.”
Hamilton could be heard over his team radio saying the race was “rigged” after Masi’s decisions denied him a record title, and Wolff reiterated his opinion.
“It’s like a football game that’s 1-0 for a team and suddenly the referee says: ‘Now it’s golden goal. 0-0, whoever scores the next goal wins’,” he said.
“‘And by the way, we have to play barefoot.'”
Masi has been replaced by Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas, who will alternate as race directors, while Herbie Blash will serve as senior advisor.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/formula-1/toto-wolff-michael-masi-f1-26391548 Toto Wolff says he "doesn't want to speak to Michael Masi again" while the Mercedes boss is still furious