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F1 will prevent team bosses from putting pressure on race director at Grands Prix

Formula 1 sporting director Ross Brawn said the line of communication between team leaders and the race director will end in 2022, after Michael Ma


Formula 1 sporting director Ross Brawn said the line of communication between team leaders and the race director will end in 2022, after Michael Masi was increasingly questioned by the bosses of Red Bull and Mercedes.

The situation had already been a theme of the 2021 F1 season, particularly in the championship match between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, but was exacerbated by incidents in the final that took place at the Yas Marina circuit on Sunday.

Toto Wolff was infuriated by the late decision to allow the cars between Verstappen and Hamilton to unravel and thus clear the way for a sprint finish, in which the Red Bull driver took the victory and claimed the title, while Horner he had previously demanded that the safety car come out in an attempt to bridge the gap between the two drivers.

All of this exerts undue influence on the race director, Brawn says, rather than giving him the freedom to make his own decisions about what should happen on the track.

“We are going to stop this contact next year,” he told Auto Motor und Sport.

“It is unacceptable for team leaders to pressure Michael like this during the race. It’s like coaches negotiating with the referee in football.

“Toto cannot demand that there be no safety cars and Christian cannot demand that the cars have to unfold. That is at the discretion of the race director.

To continue the Brawn comparison, it is notorious that sideline managers in American football often interact with the fourth official rather than directly with the referee, raising potential F1 compromise by which team leaders have contact with an alternate senior figure, who is in contact with the race director in case a decision needs to be addressed.

However, there seems to be a debate over whether the race director will end up being Masi next season, as he has come under intense scrutiny and has been widely criticized for his decision-making in Abu Dhabi, where he apparently changed safety car protocols. in the last minute for the final decisive lap.