The absolute earthquake took place a few months ago, but the aftershocks are still being felt. Formula 1 announced the dismissal of Michael Masi,
The absolute earthquake took place a few months ago, but the aftershocks are still being felt. Formula 1 announced the dismissal of Michael Masi, former World Cup race director, after the controversy in Abu Dhabi, which decided the crown in favor of Max Verstappen. Now, the Australian has announced his final departure from the FIA with the intention of moving to his native country “to be closer to his family and take on new challenges” in his career. Although far from F1. “The FIA thanks him for his commitment and wishes him the best for the future,” they indicate in the note that confirmed the departure of the former manager.
Michael Masi ended his career at the Grand Circus after three years as FIA Formula 1 Race Director and Safety Delegate, a role he took up following the sudden death of Charlie Whiting in 2019, carrying out the many duties that they were entrusted to him, according to the FIA, “in a professional and dedicated manner”. But a mistake ended his career and Mercedes won the battle after an investigation that lasted months.
Since then, the FIA opted for a new system: “a virtual race management, a system like VAR, in the FIA offices at the circuit”, with more modern tools and the elimination of “direct communications with the director race (by the teams) to allow him to make decisions in peace.” But the most shocking thing was that the position would already be divided into two positions, occupied by Eduardo Freitas and Niels Wittich since the Barcelona tests. However, the system has not caught on in the F1 paddock and there are already many drivers who have expressed their disagreement with certain issues. They are not entirely satisfied with the coexistence of two race directors and there has already been talk of a lack of consistency in certain penalties, as well as a growing rigor in other actions. In fact, Sebastian Vettel has suffered the severe consequences: the German had a disagreement in the drivers briefing in Austria and had to pay a fine of 20,000 euros.