System One has been working with a number of race administrators for the reason that controversial title decider in Abu Dhabi through the 2021 F1 season, the place Michael Masi’s implementation of the foundations grew to become a giant speaking level.
The FIA, F1’s governing physique, had each Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas divide the race director duties between them in 2022. Nonetheless, when Pierre Gasly drove previous a truck that shouldn’t have been on monitor in Japan, the previous took cost until the top of the marketing campaign.
Regardless of ending the season with just one race director (Niels Wittich), FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has stated that F1 will return to the ‘multiple-director’ system from 2023.
In a media briefing on the Dakar Rally, he stated:
“There’s a course of now and I’ve a crew who’s going by way of a correct course of and coaching for stewarding, and for race administrators. You can not simply have one race director and depend on them. I see that we must always put together the second position. We can’t rely within the greatest self-discipline that now we have, or another self-discipline.”
“What if one thing occurred? If we’re going to maintain motorsport, now we have to be prepared with coaching.”
The 61-year-old additionally said that many gifted officers have been working on the grassroots degree who, with the best coaching, might go on to assist handle F1 races. He said:
“I’m a giant believer that there’s, someplace on this planet, higher race administrators than anybody, higher stewards. Now we’re reaching to the ASNs and we’re asking them to ship us individuals for the coaching, and now we have a correct crew now for the coaching. You’ll get good [officials]. I promise this.”
“It was additionally his alternative” – Mohammed Ben Sulayem on FIA parting methods with former F1 race director Michael Masi
Mohammed Ben Sulayem took cost because the FIA president not lengthy after the controversial 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Criticism of race director Michael Masi’s dealing with of the race led to an inside assessment and investigation, which ended with the FIA parting methods with Masi, amongst different issues.
When requested why the FIA let Masi go, Ben Sulayem stated that it was not simply the governing physique’s choice. He stated:
“It was additionally his alternative. I’d been speaking to him initially. There have been human errors there, and I felt that he additionally needed to simply not go additional, due to what he received from the social media, the poisonous social media. I spoke to him, and it was unfair additionally for him. The FIA was at all times supportive.”
“This is identical factor that’s taking place to Silvia [Bellot, FIA steward], once more to a few of our members: threats. I received some threats additionally, to reverse the outcomes, however I didn’t take them significantly.”
“However now we stand towards the poisonous social media that can have an effect on our sport. I’m a giant believer that if we don’t take a stand, we would discover the harm will likely be past restore for our sport sooner or later.”
Michael Masi presently works as a member of the Board of Administrators at Karting Australia in Australia.