Mercedes denied making a deal to get FIA Race Director Michael Masi fired, saying that there was never any plan made.

Mercedes and the FIA were caught up in a bitter feud after the shambles of an Abu Dhabi GP. The result broke the rules of the sport, and the German team found themselves on the wrong side of it. What made it even worse was that they were on course to win both the championships.

Instead, a bizarre interpretation of the Safety Car rules by Masi saw them surrender the Drivers’ Championship. Immediately after the race, they launched a protest against the FIA.

While the team have since withdrawn their appeal, there seems to have been some sort of arrangement orchestrated to get them to do so.

With the rumours stating that the appeal was withdrawn only after it was agreed that two FIA figures would be replaced, many have criticised the eight-time Constructors’ Champions. In response, Mercedes denied making a deal to get Masi fired.

Michael Masi and Toto Wolff. Bahrain March 2021
Masi (left) was rumoured to be a target of Mercedes. Source: planetf1.com

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The BBC claimed that a “senior source” told them Mercedes “dropped their appeal against the results of the race after agreeing a quid pro quo deal with the FIA”.

According to the report, “this deal was said to be that Masi and FIA head of single-seater technical matters Nikolas Tombazis would no longer be in their positions for the 2022 season”.

Mercedes in response have stated that the rumours had zero credibility, and denied that “any such deal was reached”. In their statement, they said that “a detailed analysis and clarification exercise for the future with all relevant parties will now take place”.

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