‘Deliver Masi again!’ – F1 pundits need axed race director again after Italian GP fiasco

Method 1 ought to take into account reinstating its axed race director Michael Masi.

That’s the view of well-known Russian F1 commentator Alexey Popov, because the Italian media slammed the best way Masi’s successors dealt with the top of the race at Monza final Sunday.

“The centenary Grand Prix mustn’t have ended like this,” La Gazzetta dello Sport proclaimed. “It has executed severe injury to the repute of F1.”

The Corriere della Sera editorial added: “100 years of racing, and we see F1 automobiles queued up on the quickest circuit – how unhappy! Individuals who waited hours to see the Grand Prix of the century have been confronted with this embarrassment.”

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Method 1 security automotive on the 2022 Italian Grand Prix

Deliver Masi again

Popov, who works for Russian broadcaster Match TV, mentioned: “For all those that criticised Masi, red-flagging a race as he did in Baku was his initiative. We noticed a restart and a two-lap struggle.

“The well-known restart in Abu Dhabi, sure, it turned the championship round, however nonetheless, he wished the individuals to see a race. Typically, you’ll be able to neglect the formalities for a race.

“I say it once more – we must always carry Masi again.”

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In actuality, Masi has now returned to his native Australia to be chairman of the Supercars Fee – the nation’s prime class of home motor racing.

He was changed in F1 this yr by new joint race administrators Eduardo Freitas and Neils Wittich, who at the moment are underneath fireplace for permitting the top of the Italian GP to fizzle behind a protracted security automotive interval.

“I feel it is particularly unhappy for the tens of hundreds of people that purchased very costly tickets,” 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve instructed the Dutch publication Formule 1.

“They did not see a present, no end – actually nothing in any respect. We wished extra, and we did not get it. The mismanagement of the race has already not been nice this yr, however this was even worse. A race ought to by no means, ever finish behind the security automotive. So many issues may have been executed otherwise –  a crimson flag, letting the lapped automobiles previous sooner. There was sufficient time.

“It made me realise that final yr wasn’t that dangerous. Errors have been made, however the intention was all the time to get again to racing as quickly as doable. In Monza, it appeared prefer it wasn’t essential, which was superb to see.”

Russian Popov agrees, surmising that the race director was paralysed by the 2021 Abu Dhabi controversy and the necessity to observe the principles to the letter.

“It could have been unusual to do in any other case, given the entire (Abu Dhabi) scandal,” he mentioned. “They have been trapped by their very own mistake. They eliminated Masi and mentioned they’d stay by the principles, so it could have been unusual to do in any other case. However I feel we have to be extra versatile.”

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