The FIA provided a major hint on Race Director Michael Masi’s future, saying they were considering a replacement.
Masi turned heel under the lights of Yas Marina, influencing the season finale’s final lap and subsequently the championship. He bent the rules and what happened after that has been written about too many times to recount.
Nevertheless, F1 fans were unanimous in their judgement that although Max Verstappen was a deserving champion, Lewis Hamilton was completely robbed in his pursuit of an eighth world championship. He would have won it were it not for the Race Director’s intervention.
With this situation in mind, the FIA provided a major hint on Masi’s future, saying a replacement was a possibility at this moment in time.
“(We are looking at) dividing the various tasks of the race director, who is also sports director, safety and track delegate,” FIA’s head of single-seater matters Peter Bayer said, as quoted by Pitpass.
“That was simply too much. These roles are divided between several people. This reduces the burden on the race director.
“Michael did a super job in many ways. We told him that, but also that there is a possibility there could be a new race director.”
“The team managers will still be able to, they have to be able to ask questions,” he continued.
“But we want to build in a buffer with an employee who accepts these requests, so in the future, the race director will be able to concentrate on his task and will no longer be distracted.
“We also asked the teams if their requirement not to finish a race under safety car was still relevant, to which they all agreed.”