Race director Masi “faces sacking” after Abu Dhabi debacle

Michael Masi “faces F1 sacking” after the Abu Dhabi disaster, with his job reportedly on the line after the debacle.

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.

Masi reportedly “faces F1 sacking” after the Abu Dhabi disaster, with multiple reports stating that his job is in real danger.  

According to The Sun, Masi’s time as FIA race director could be short. The report states that he could be replaced by the free agent in Jean Todt.

Michael Masi, Hamilton and Verstappen
Masi (left) moved the chess board to suit something other than legal racing. Source: Getty Images


Todt is leaving his post as the FIA President, and he could be the next Race Director. Masi may have to make way for him when the FIA elects a new President on December 17.

The former president leaves the role after 12 years, having taken over from Max Mosley. He will be replaced by one of Mohammed Ben Sulayem or Graham Stoker.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner spoke of Masi’s decision, saying, “We never wanted to end up in front of the stewards. We don’t go racing with barristers.

“It was a shame it ended up there, but the stewards made the right call.

“We have talked about ‘let them race’. (Late Mercedes non-executive chairman) Niki Lauda was the guy who pushed hard for it and we’ve always talked about not finishing races under safety cars. The race director in difficult circumstances made absolutely the right call,” he concluded.

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