Brawn points finger at team bosses for abusing contentious radio rule – “I won’t do it myself”

Ross Brawn put his foot down on the bizarre radio rule involving team personnel talking to the FIA.

The controversial ending to the 2021 F1 season saw many fans up in arms. It was an outright rule break, and it came about thanks to the FIA.

But one aspect of the whole episode that was frowned upon by fans was team principals speaking with the Race Director. There are strong theories that Michael Masi succumbed to the incessant nagging of Christian Horner at Abu Dhabi, while also being influenced by Toto Wolff this season.

The fiasco F1 finds itself in prompted Brawn to put his foot down on the bizarre radio rule, announcing that it would come to an end next season.

According to Herald Sun Australia, F1 Managing Director Brawn announced, “We will stop this contact next year.

“It’s unacceptable that team bosses put Michael under such pressure during the race. It’s like the coaches negotiating with the referee in football.

“Toto can’t demand there shouldn’t be a Safety Car and Christian can’t demand the cars have to un-lap. That’s at the discretion of the race director.”

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At Yas Marina, Horner took exception to the Safety Car getting onto the track towards the end of the race. He got on radio and said, “Why aren’t we getting these lapped cars out of the way?”

Masi responded by saying, “Give me a second. My main thing is to get this incident clear.”

Shockingly, the Australian instructed only five cars to unlap themselves, essentially turning the championship battle on its head. The rule violation saw an overtake on the final lap and a new champion, something Wolff took exception to.

“No, Mikey, no, no, Mikey, that was so not right,” the Austrian yelled, but it was too late.

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