Max Verstappen calls F1 race director Michael Masi’s departure “very unfair”, and it seems too that other drivers agree that Massi was “thrown under the bus”, therefore proclaiming that the FIA made a big mistake dealing with the fallout of Abu Dhabi in an effort to appease Mercedes – but with Massi leaving, this in effect is the FIA admitting that Max Verstappen’s title is not legitimate.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has defended former Formula One race director Michael Masi after a controversial final lap in Abu Dhabi, on the sidelines of pre-season testing in Barcelona. Masi was removed from his post last week.
Max Verstappen on Thursday called the decision by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) to “sack” Michael Masi from his position as race director “very unfair” after his controversial decisions, which led to the Dutchman being crowned champion at the last Grand Prix in 2021.
“For me, it’s very unfair what happened to Michael – he was really dropped,” the Red Bull driver complained in a press conference during pre-season testing in Barcelona. “It’s not right.”
In mid-February, Michael Masi was removed from his position as race director for his handling of last season’s final Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi. By doing so, the FIA points to this event as a terrible blunder and really an admission that something was not correct with the decisions made, therefore Max should not be champion.
A powerful defence of Michael Masi when I asked LEC, VET, ALO and VER about Michael Masi. @Max33Verstappen called it the 'wrong decision' and said he'd been 'thrown under the bus' by the FIA…
— Adam Cooper (@adamcooperF1) February 24, 2022
It seems that other drivers agree with Max Verstappen’s assessment of the situation, however. Renowned F1 journalist Adam Cooper interviewed several drivers in the paddock yesterday who all agreed that it was wrong for the FIA to bow to pressure from Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes Toto Wolff.
It is obvious that Massi had been thrown under the bus for his judgment call in the race in Abu Dhabi, but unfortunately for the FIA by removing Massi, they have confirmed that Max Verstappen’s title is in doubt therefore not legitimate.
This of course is wrong, but it does point to just how much power Wolff and Mercedes have over the F1 paddock and authorities still to this day.