Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel defended Race Director Michael Masi after the controversial end to the 2021 season orchestrated by him.
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.
“For Michael, it has been a pity,” the Aston Martin driver said, as quoted by FirstPost.
“There are two interests clashing – one is the sport and the other is the show. I don’t care so much about the show because what I look at is a sport and from a competitive point of view.
“Michael has been very focused and determined to do a good job. I don’t know what is in store for his future but I hope he sticks around because overall he has done a very good job.
“There was a lot of controversy surrounding the last race but that shouldn’t be, because if you look at the bigger picture he has done really well. The main thing moving forward is that there is clarity in these situations so no further questions are asked.”
Vettel also revealed that he was hopeful his team would have a better season than the 2021 one.
“At this stage everyone is hoping to be at the top and we hope we are in a much better shape than last year,” he continued.
“We have the ability this year to develop the car which we didn’t do last year for more than three-quarters of the season.
“I hope the field will be closer and provide us with the chance to race at the front. Last year, we knew from the start it was going to be a long and difficult season so we hope for a better one.”