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Have the FIA secretly dumped F1 race director Michael Masi?

Formula 1's current race director Michael Masi is left off the FIA's organisation chart for 2022

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The ramifications of last season’s controversial Abu Dhabi GP are still being felt in 2022. 

The FIA has released their general organisation chart for 2022, which feature omission of Formula 1 current race director, Michael Masi along with with his collegue Nikolas Tombazis, indicating that the governing body is weighing its options for the upcoming season. 

Masi made headlines when he controversially waved the lapped cars between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen through during last season’s finale at the Yas Marina circuit. 

Whilst this led to a spectacular final lap duel to determine the outcome of the 2021 Drivers’ Championship, many have questioned Masi’s decision and have called into question his abilities as a race director.

The FIA’s organization chart from 2021
The FIA’s organization chart for 2022

It’s possible that the exclusion is temporary, as the FIA conduct its investigation into the events from the last race, but one thing for certain is Masi’s future in the sport is far from clear.

13 COMMENTS

  1. FIA is not going to get ride of Massi or his buddies the FIA IS A DISGRACE TO MOTIR SPORT. We all know that no one wanted Lewis to win his 8th title , it’s disgusting there are enough former F1 Drivers that no the rules of F1 why do they not take one of them. I have my doubts that Lewis will come back. He does not need F1 the way he has been treating is disgusting he has done more for the disadvantage youth in motor sport than anyone other F1 driver he deserves the respect he has equaled all of Schumacher records . Max has been in f1 for how many years how much accidents has he coursed . Also he is going to kill himself or kill someone else with his aggression. The world title was handed to max in the last leg of the race and the way it was done is disgusting. Massi needs to go . Also the new president is wanting to punish Lewis for not attending the gala are u punishing max and Horner who said he needs a miracle for max to win. Why only let the cars between Lewis and Max uncap themselves and not the rest of the field. This behaviour is appalling . Is it that Lewis is black TREATED they want the white man to hold on to the record when in MICHAELS WORDS RECORDS ATE MEANT TO BE BROKEN. He would be very disappointed. Why did the other teams not do something the same day when this took place. All of them kept quiet. If the rest of the field had gone and protested straight after the race they wud have had to look into it. And this is F1 . Not interested in F1 any longer now they have president who was a rally driver who never won a championship or race . I am more than disillusioned .

    • You win some, you lose some. When Lewis caused Max to crash at Silverstone the race was red flagged (which was totally unnecessary). This gave Lews time to repair his own damaged car before the race was restarted and he carried on to win the race and Max ended up witg 0 points. Had the race not been red flagged Lewis would have had to repair his car under racing condotions and he would not have been in the points either. So, he got handed a handy 26 points while Max who was the innocent victim got 0. I did not see Hamilton complan about unfairness then when he was advantaged.

    • ( NOT SHOUTING BAD EYES 😘)
      DESIREE ⭐⭐⭐🏆🏁
      I TAKE MY HAT OFF FOR YOU 💚THAT WAS THE BEST POST OFF ALL I HAVE READ 😘 . YOU EVEN REMEMBERED WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE HAS BEEN TIPTOEING AROUND .I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU IN EVERY WORD 🏆

    • Wish you had used spellcheck! But I get the essence of your feelings, which are, in fact, absolute facts. Every word is 100% correct. I stand by what you’ve said. 👍🏻
      I hope things can be corrected and F1 doesn’t remain the ‘sham’pionship that Masi reduced it to in 2021.

  2. I am still trying to be respectful in the choice of my words in respect to the decisions of the FIA, Micheal Masi in conclusion with Christian Horner. The decision to wave lapped cars through was the beginning of a corrupt process .Lewis Hamilton lapped those cars ,Not Max Verstapen. He preferred fresh tires. The corruption continues by showing preference to which other cars are allowed to unlap themselves and the hurried disposal of the safety car. This was executed at the behest of RED BULL and CHRISTIAN HORNER. Where is this stated in the rules that a team should involved in decision making during a race. Why not Call Toto Wolf while we are at it. This reeks of collusion. Apologies are needed from the FIA for this travesty, it is their obligation and the new president needs to to be very mindful . He seems very condescending in his tone with the inherent sespool. Threats to Lewis Hamilton does not seem to be a good start to cleaning house. You really need to start with the FIA, they create the travesty along with Micheal Masi. Thank you

    • So very well said! Bringing the right points to the fire. Thank you, Jon.
      Masi must go.
      ‘Any’ laps ahead of the beginning of the wrong decisions must be cancelled.
      The winner must be the one in the lead on the previous lap.
      And the Championship must be awarded accordingly.
      Only then will the tag of ‘sham’pionship be erased from what Masi reduced 2021 to.

  3. Formula 1 are an embarrassment.

    The actions and politics after the last lap, of the last race l, and how it was handled gas on eft the sport in ridicule.

    Masi has to go, but the FIA don’t have a ready made replacement.

    Yes you do: get a retired driver. There’s plenty of them. They know the rules, before each race they can drive the circuit, understand the racing lines and driver/driving conditions.

    Hill/Courtard/Hakinen/Herbert/Alonso to name a few

    It’s testament to Lewis’ character, that the racism card hasn’t been played, to emphasise that he is of mixed race, and all those involved are not.

    But he hasn’t as it’s not, but he easily could have. It’s about having a non bias, experienced race driver taking charge.

  4. Anyone who thinks that Michael Massi is going to be demoted or punished for helping Max Verstappen win the the F1 drivers championship this year is deluding himself. The F1 rights owners and the FIA have been concerned by Mercedes and (especially Lewis Hamilton’s) dominance of the F1 Grand Prix races in recent years. They feared that the results of the F1 Grand Prix races were getting boring because of Mercedes and Hamilton’s dominance. So in the past, the FIA/F1 had devised schemes to peg back Mercedes’ advantage by introducing a flurry of regulations and rules which have benefitted the other teams and reduced Mercedes’ superiority. Red Bull in particular has benefitted immensely from these recent changes. For a time, it looked as though the FIA and F1’s rights owners would acheive their objective and Verstappen and Red Bull would win both drivers’ and constructors’ championship. However, Mercedes and Hamilton started charging back very strongly at the tail end of the championship. That is when the FIA/F1 prevailed on Michael Massi to ensure that Verstappen would win the championship by applying the FIA’s (and the F1’s) own rules and regulations inconsistently in a way which would favour Red Bull and Max Verstappen. What Massi did was to find a way stop Hamilton from winning again and thereby making the F1 Grand Prix races predictable and boring. Therefore how can the FIA and F1 turn around and punish Massi for dutifully carrying out their directives and wishes?

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