‘Guy is as consistent as UK lockdown rules’: Angry F1 fans demand race director Michael Masi FIRED after controversial appeal without appeal handed Max Verstappen the world championship against Lewis Hamilton
In the aftermath of one of the most dramatic races in Formula 1 history, race director Michael Masi found himself at the center of an intrigue that will continue to weigh on motorsport for days to come.
After leading from the first corner and seemingly on course for a record-breaking eighth world title, Lewis Hamilton lost the championship to Max Verstappen due to calls from Masi after using a safety car when Nicholas Latifi s ‘is overwritten.
His decision to allow the cars between Hamilton and Verstappen to run put the two rivals next to each other for the final lap of the race in Abu Dhabi and with Verstappen having cooler tires than Hamilton, he has overtook the Briton and won.
Formula 1 race director Michael Masi finds himself at the center of discussions over Max Verstappen’s spectacular World Championship victory over Lewis Hamilton
Verstappen passed Hamilton on the last lap after Masi asked the cars between them to come undone after the safety car was on the track.
Hamilton was graceful in the loss despite the agonizing nature of losing the race on Sunday
But the controversy over Masi’s call for the duplication has angered the Formula 1 community and fans are calling for him to lose his position as race director.
“It doesn’t matter who wins the F1 championship, that incompetent fool as FIA race director Michael Masi must be sacked on the spot,” wrote a furious fan on Twitter.
Another wrote: “It doesn’t matter who you support, Max or Lewis, I think both parties can agree that Masi needs to be fired.
“The guy is as consistent as the UK foreclosure rules.”
Another fan said: âMichael Masi must be sacked immediately. I should never be in charge of another F1 race again.
And while most people have been gripped by the Hamilton-Verstappen duel this season, one follower called the campaign “a complete joke – get rid of Masi immediately”.
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff was overheard talking to Masi the day after the race, saying: “We have to go back to the previous lap.”
Masi’s response to Wolff was abrupt. âIt’s called a car race,â he said.
Hamilton, meanwhile, was humble despite the agonizing nature of his loss. He said: âFirst of all, a big thumbs up to Max and his team. I think we have done an amazing job this year, my team, everyone at the factory, all the men and women, we have worked so hard all year.
âIt was the most difficult season. I’m so proud of them, so grateful to have made the trip with them. We gave absolutely everything, we never gave up and that is the most important.
âOf course I’ve been feeling good in the car the last few months, especially at the end.
“But if I’m being honest we’re still in the pandemic and I just wish everyone to stay safe and have a good Christmas with their families, and we’ll see for next year.”