Michael Masi sacked as F1 race director after last season’s Abu Dhabi title-decider chaos
Michael Masi sacked as F1 race director after last season’s Abu Dhabi title-decider chaos. Michael Masi has been sacked as the FIA’s race director as a result of his handling of last season’s Formula One finale in Abu Dhabi that denied Lewis Hamilton a record-breaking eighth world championship.
His actions have come under greater scrutiny after apparently responding to pressure from Red Bull Verstappen. This allowed Verstappen to attack on the new tyres and overtake Hamilton for his first title.
Despite his role in the controversy over the 2021 season finale in Abu Dhabi, Michael Massey has been supported to remain as the FIA’s competition director. Driver steward Danny Sullivan believes Massey should continue in his role and suggested the FIA’s parting ways with the Australian may have been a mistake.
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It has been widely reported that Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton will decide his future depends on whether Massey stays on.
But Mercedes appears to have confirmed via social media posts that the 37-year-old will be entering his 16th season this year.
Hamilton’s eighth record in the World Drivers’ Championship was overturned after the controversial decision to restart the final round of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
On softer tyres, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was able to outrun his arch-nemesis – although Hamilton was ahead for most of the race.
Mercedes was outraged by the decision and dismissed two protests. Another appeal was later withdrawn.
Massey has been heavily criticized, but it is unclear where his future lies. The inquiry into the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is not yet complete and the results are likely to become clearer later this week.
But Sullivan sided with Marcy, saying he “worked like a dog”.
“It’s a lot of pressure because you’re trying to make the right decisions and follow all the rules,” Sullivan said.