Michael Masi faraway from his position as Components One race director

Michael Masi has been faraway from his place as Components One race director throughout its evaluation of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix finale. 

Masi can be supplied a brand new position inside the Fédération Internationale de l’Vehicle (FIA). 

FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem mentioned Niels Wittich, former DTM race director, and Eduardo Freitas, WEC race director, will act alternatively because the race director. They are going to be assisted by Herbie Blash because the everlasting senior advisor.

Sulayem additionally introduced a Digital Race Management Room, and the direct radio connection between groups and the race director can be eliminated. The unlapping process behind the security automobile can be assessed as properly and offered to the Components One Fee earlier than the 2022 season begins in Bahrain. 

“It would nonetheless be attainable to ask inquiries to the race director, in accordance with a well-defined and non-intrusive course of,” Sulayem mentioned within the announcement.

This stems from the FIA’s evaluation of the controversial 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix finale, which resulted in Max Verstappen not solely profitable but in addition being dubbed world champion. 

A late security automobile got here out for a Nicholas Latifi crash with only a few laps to go. Pink Bull introduced in Verstappen to change to tender tires, however Lewis Hamilton needed to keep out on his onerous tires to maintain the lead. Attributable to lapped automobiles, there have been 5 automobiles between first-place Hamilton and second-place Verstappen. Race officers initially determined these lapped automobiles couldn’t overtake the security automobile.

Pink Bull supervisor Christian Horner requested Masi over radio in regards to the scenario: “Why aren’t we getting these automobiles out of the way in which? We solely want one racing lap.”

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After the trade, in a stunning and controversial transfer, Masi selected lap 57 of 58 to permit these 5 automobiles to overhaul the security automobile. Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff yelled over the race radio to Masi in regards to the choice, because it positioned Verstappen proper on Hamilton’s tail for a one-lap mad sprint to the end.

Wolff: “You might want to reinstate the lap [57] … That’s not proper.”

Masi: “Toto, It’s known as a motor race, OK?”

Wolff: “Sorry?”

Masi: “We went automobile racing.”

Not all the lapped automobiles have been allowed to unlap themselves, creating much more confusion among the many drivers. Daniel Ricciardo, Lance Stroll and Mick Schumacher have been three different lapped drivers, and the primary two—Ricciardo and Stroll—have been in-between Verstappen in second-place, and Carlos Sainz in third. Ricciardo later mentioned, per the unbroadcasted crew radio: “I am glad I am not part of that—no matter simply occurred. It appeared fairly f—– up.”

Components One stewards finally dismissed each of Mercedes’ protests regarding the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the controversial restart. 

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