Ex-Method One race director Michael Masi has ‘signed a NDA’ over occasions in Abu Dhabi final yr

Fired Method One race director Michael Masi ‘signed non-disclosure agreements with the FIA’ so he CANNOT speak about controversial resolution he made in Abu Dhabi finale final season

  • Michael Masi has ‘signed non-disclosure settlement’ over Abu Dhabi race 
  • Former F1 race director’s calls noticed Max Verstappen declare first world title 
  • Australian obtained dying threats and struggled to recover from incident final yr 

Former F1 race director Michael Masi has reportedly signed a non-disclosure settlement with the FIA to by no means talk about the controversial ending to final season’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. 

The settlement has left followers extremely suspicious, leaving query marks surrounding the race wherein Masi oversaw as race director. It was his choices that led to Max Verstappen claiming his first world title below a black cloud because of his calls.

Heading in the direction of the ultimate laps of the ultimate race in final December, Masi made the choice to permit the 5 automobiles separating race chief Lewis Hamilton and Verstappen to unlap themselves behind a security automotive. 

Michael Masi has signed an NDA so he cannot talk about the events at the Abu Dhabi race

Michael Masi has signed an NDA so he can not discuss concerning the occasions on the Abu Dhabi race 

It arrange a closing lap standoff between the 2 rivals which Verstappen, who had a lot more energizing tyres, gained to safe the championship. Leaving rivals Mercedes and Purple Bull to confrontations and distracting radio messages to the Australian race director. 

Masi’s ‘human error’ of permitting solely these 5 automobiles the power to unlap themselves, has now been modified within the rulebook for the present season. 

Australia’s Each day Telegraph have now reported on the NDA as a part of a brand new interview with Masi, who was sacked from his place firstly of the 2022 season. 

Thanks to Masi's decisions Max Verstappen claimed his first F1 World Championship in 2021

Because of Masi’s choices Max Verstappen claimed his first F1 World Championship in 2021

Within the interview the 44-year-old admits it took time for him to recover from the ‘Decider within the desert’ however that the incident has made him stronger. 

‘It took me some time to course of all of it,’ Masi stated.

‘However on the finish of the day I assumed it was greatest for me to return again residence and be near my help community.

‘I did not go and discuss to an expert. With the advantage of hindsight, I most likely ought to have. I ought to have gone and spoken to somebody in an expert sense. However in saying that, I had some wonderful folks round me that might see it and had been checking in every day. I used to be tremendous lucky to have that help community.’

Masi initially stayed at the FIA before quitting the governing body to move back to Australia

Masi initially stayed on the FIA earlier than quitting the governing physique to maneuver again to Australia 

Masi can not discuss concerning the resolution he made in Abu Dhabi on account of Non-Disclosure Agreements with the FIA – however he can discuss concerning the future.

‘The entire expertise has made me a a lot stronger particular person,’ Masi stated. ‘I’ve simply had the longest break in my skilled profession and I’ve used the time to reconnect with household and associates. I’ve additionally carried out all that self-maintenance which you’ll neglect when you’re within the grind.

‘I’ve a variety of thrilling choices going ahead. I’m contemplating a variety of totally different tasks, each home and globally. 

My intention is to base myself out of Australia and to make use of all the abilities I’ve gained in what has been an unbelievable journey to date and one I’m extraordinarily proud and grateful for.’

It was Masi's decision making at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last season which saw him sacked after 'human error' set up a last lap shootout between Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton

It was Masi’s resolution making on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix final season which noticed him sacked after ‘human error’ arrange a final lap shootout between Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton

The signing of the NDA solely reinforces the suspicions followers have had over the incidents in Dubai that led to Verstappen’s World Title win. 

The controversy got here after Nicholas Latifi’s crash with only a few laps to go. It noticed complaints made by Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes group concerning the deserves of the Dutchman’s win. 

They first accused Verstappen of briefly overtaking below security automotive circumstances, which was dismissed, however had a much bigger grievance when Masi modified the protection automotive re-start process on the finish of the race. 

That call handed the championship to Purple Bull driver, and prevented Hamilton from a document eighth world crown. 

Australian Masi later obtained dying threats and a torrent of abuse throughout social media due to the calls he made within the Abu Dhabi finale. 


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