Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Michael Masi was a ‘legal responsibility’ for F1 who disrespected drivers

“He was simply proof against any suggestions and even in the present day he has not correctly mirrored that he did one thing incorrect,” says Toto Wolff as he criticises former F1 race director Michael Masi; Tuesday marks 4 months since Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi

Final Up to date: 11/04/22 10:47am

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Michael Masi disrespected F1 drivers

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has accused former Method 1 race director Michael Masi of “disrespecting” drivers by performing like he all the time knew higher.

On Tuesday, will probably be 4 months since Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton to the title in final season’s controversial world championship decider in Abu Dhabi. However Masi’s dealing with of the affair stays a sore matter for Wolff.

Masi was changed by the FIA for his position within the 2021 finale, with new race administrators Niels Wittich and Edoardo Freitas changing the Australian on a shared foundation and already stamping their authority on the grid with a collection of regulation crackdowns.

A assessment into the ultimate levels of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was vital of how Masi dealt with the method of letting solely 5 lapped vehicles – the drivers between Hamilton and Verstappen – overtake earlier than bringing the protection automotive in for the ultimate lap, permitting the Purple Bull driver to go for the lead and declare his maiden world championship.

Experience the incredible conclusion of the Abu Dhabi GP from on-board Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton's cars and listen to the team radios, including Hamilton saying the race had been 'manipulated'.

Please use Chrome browser for a extra accessible video participant

Expertise the unbelievable conclusion of the Abu Dhabi GP from on-board Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s vehicles and take heed to the group radios, together with Hamilton saying the race had been ‘manipulated’.

Expertise the unbelievable conclusion of the Abu Dhabi GP from on-board Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s vehicles and take heed to the group radios, together with Hamilton saying the race had been ‘manipulated’.

Wolff’s thoughts turns to the times earlier than probably the most contentious finale in F1 historical past.

“It’s fairly attention-grabbing as a result of I had lunch with him [Masi] on the Wednesday earlier than the race, and I stated to him that ‘I actually need to let you know, with out patronising you, that you might want to take criticism on board and develop from there. Lewis does it day by day, however you’re a man who all the time appears to know higher’,” he advised the PA information company.

“It wasn’t about influencing him however actually giving my sincere suggestions that he should not block exterior opinion as merely being incorrect.

“You hear from the drivers and the way the drivers’ briefings had been carried out [by Masi] and among the guys stated it was virtually disrespectful how he handled a few of them.

Max Verstappen doesn't believe Michael Masi should have been sacked as race director following his controversial handling of last season's title decider in Abu Dhabi.

Please use Chrome browser for a extra accessible video participant

Max Verstappen would not imagine Michael Masi ought to have been sacked as race director following his controversial dealing with of final season’s title decider in Abu Dhabi.

Max Verstappen would not imagine Michael Masi ought to have been sacked as race director following his controversial dealing with of final season’s title decider in Abu Dhabi.

“He was simply proof against any suggestions and even in the present day he has not correctly mirrored that he did one thing incorrect.

“He was a legal responsibility for the game as a result of all people stored speaking about Abu Dhabi and the race director, and the race director shouldn’t be any individual that individuals speak about, however somebody who does the job and makes positive the race is run based on the rules.”

Hamilton is predicted to be at Mercedes’ Brackley manufacturing facility between now and the following race in Imola on April 24 because the Silver Arrows play catch-up with rivals’ Ferrari and Purple Bull.

Hamilton is fifth within the standings, 43 factors behind runaway chief Charles Leclerc, and 9 factors adrift of recent team-mate George Russell.

The 24-year-old has completed forward of Hamilton at two of the opening three races and is second within the standings.

George Russell reacts to his first-ever podium for Mercedes.

Please use Chrome browser for a extra accessible video participant

George Russell reacts to his first-ever podium for Mercedes.

George Russell reacts to his first-ever podium for Mercedes.

Hamilton and Russell look like bonding and went browsing collectively forward of the Australian Grand Prix.

Requested if he was stunned how nicely the 2 Britons are getting on, Wolff replied: “Sure as a result of they’re each so aggressive while nonetheless having the ability to work collectively.

“The hassle they’re placing into displaying respect – from the younger child to the most effective ever and from Lewis in appreciating the longer term expertise that’s in George – is spectacular.”

FIA admits ‘human error’ in Hamilton-Verstappen title controversy

Final month the FIA launched its full report into the Abu Dhabi GP and confirmed “human error” was an element within the 2021 title controversy, however stated Masi acted in “good religion” and the outcomes from the race and championship had been “legitimate”.

Within the report, the FIA acknowledges Masi contravened F1 rules together with his dealing with of the late Security Automotive and his permitting of 1 ultimate racing lap between Verstappen and Hamilton.

The FIA say the race director “known as the protection automotive again into the pit lane with out it having accomplished a further lap as required by the Method 1 Sporting Rules (Article 48.12)”

The report additionally mentions the actual fact solely 5 vehicles had been in a position to unlap themselves below the protection automotive, and never all of the unlapped vehicles as per the rules.

“The method of figuring out lapped vehicles has up till now been a guide one and human error led to the truth that not all vehicles had been allowed to unlap themselves.”

They are saying they’ve developed software program in response that may “automate the communication of the checklist of vehicles that should unlap themselves”.

However additionally they defend Masi, stating: “The report finds that the race director was performing in good religion and to the most effective of his data given the tough circumstances, notably acknowledging the numerous time constraints for selections to be made and the immense stress being utilized by the groups.

“The outcomes of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the FIA Method One World Championship are legitimate, ultimate and can’t now be modified.”


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.