After scandalous season-defining error, former F1 race director Michael Masi to return as chairman

Former F1 race director Michael Masi looks set to make a comeback to the world of motorsport on the back of making perhaps the most scrutinised decision in recent years.

Having taken over the role from Charlie Whiting in 2019, Masi was targeted after making a highly controversial decision in the final race of the 2021 F1 season.

In effect, his decision influenced the outcome and saw Lewis Hamilton miss out on what would have been a record 8th world championship.

It proved to be the perfect pill for Red Bull driver Max Verstappen though, who claimed his maiden world crown and has grown into an even more dominant driver since then.

The Australian race director was removed shortly before the start of the 2022 season and was replaced by two members instead.

Following getting axed as race director, Masi was finally shown the exit door by FIA last July.

Following his exit, Masi spoke with Speedcafe.com

“It has been a pleasure and honour representing the FIA as the single-seater sporting director and FIA Formula 1 race director and safety delegate since Charlie [Whiting’s] unexpected and tragic passing in Melbourne 2019,” he said.

“Having worked on various projects around the world with the Federation and its member clubs for over a decade prior to my appointment, I have now decided to leave the organisation and relocate back to Australia to be closer to my family and friends.

“I am proud to have worked in partnership for many years with the various FIA member clubs, Formula 1 Group, the competitors, promoters and circuit operators and my colleagues and team internally at the FIA.

“I will always treasure these lifelong relationships and friendships I have developed throughout my journey to date.”

Masi will still require approval

Christian Horner and Michael Masi. Credit: planetf1.com

Masi had reportedly received death threats in the aftermath of that contentious call.

However, this has not deterred him and he is now set to take on another defining position in motorsport back in his native country.

A report by Motorsport.com states that Masi will be made the chairman of the Supercars Commission.

This body has been set in place which oversees the sporting and technical rules in the Australian series.

Masi will replace neil Crompton, who vacated his role after serving a term as interim chairman.

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