Dismissed from his position as race director at the end of the last Grand Prix of the 2021 Formula 1 season in Abu Dhabi last December, Michael Masi spoke publicly for the first time since the controversy surrounding this race, where breached the rules on his part had shaken the World Championship.
All Formula 1 fans and observers still have in mind last December 12, the date of Abu Dhabi Grand Prixthe last event of the 2021 season, epilogue to the battle for the world title between Max Verstappen (Red Bull) i Lewis Hamilton (mercedes). When there was only one lap left, and the British ahead of the Dutch, all the drivers gathered behind the safety car, after a collision of Nicolau Latifi (williams). Although the end of the race should have ended with this safety car, race director Michael Masi decides to shake the rules and drive it before the last lap. A decision not in accordance with the regulations, and which marked a turning point in obtaining the world title. Lewis Hamilton he was thus deprived of an eighth world title, as he is Max Verstappen which was crowned for the first time.
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Masi is delivered for the first time
This very controversial decision, controversial for weeks, led to the dismissal Miquel Masi from his position as race director. For the first time since Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021the Australian spoke publicly, but did not return directly to this large-scale incident: “The personal support of my family, friends and colleagues from around the world during this trip and especially over the last few months can only be described as overwhelming and something I will always treasure. It has been a pleasure and an honor to represent the FIA. as sporting director of a single-seater and race director and FIA Formula 1 safety delegate since the unexpected and tragic death of Charlie Whiting in Melbourne 2019 “. said in the comments reported by F1actu.com.
A future far from F1
Miquel Masi then he revealed his plans for the future, while expressing his pride in being able to work on them Formula 1 : “After working on various projects around the world with the Federation and its member clubs for over ten years before my appointment, I decided to leave the organization and return to Australia to be closer to my family and friends. I am proud to have worked in collaboration for many years with the various member clubs of the FIA, the Formula 1 Group, competitors, promoters and circuit operators, as well as my colleagues and the internal team of I will always love the relationships and friendships I have developed throughout my journey.In particular, I am eternally grateful to Herbie Blash and the late Charlie Whiting for identifying me as a future successor in 2018, a role I hoped to observe and learn from Charlie for many years before his sudden passing away “.
Finally, Masi he concluded by thanking the main personalities of the engine: “I also express my sincere gratitude for the support and advice provided to me by former FIA President Jean Todt, Stefano Domenicali (CEO of F1) during my term. I thank the President of the FIA, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, and the their presidential team, their personal support since their appointment and I wish them all the best for the future. “.