The accusation of complicity between Micheal Masi and Red Bull by Toto Wolff are pretty serious accusations, and they reflect a situation that has clearly not yet been resolved on the Mercedes side.
And of course, it’s only logical, with Lewis Hamilton having lost the title in a race he was supposed to win. However, last Sunday on Sky Sports, Toto Wolff went quite far, accusing Jonathan Wheatley (Red Bull) of having “turned” Michaël Masi, the ex-Formula 1 race director. The accusation was made under the guise of a “bromance”, or a close friendship between the two men.
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“Jonathan Wheatley has done his job. He turned Michael Masi around as race director, not just in Abu Dhabi but before, and Max probably owes him a lot,” said Toto Wolff.
At the same time, he said that he would never again speak to the race director in question, who is now sidelined as a result of the investigation by the sporting authorities into the contentious Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix.
Wolff, who uses the term “bromance” to describe the relationship between the two men, clearly implies that Masi has lost all objectivity because of his friendship with the man in charge of communications with Red Bull’s Race Direction.
This follows on from Lewis Hamilton’s comments that there was ‘cronyism’ between some drivers and the Race Director. What is the reality of this?
It’s difficult to judge without concrete proof. And then, in such a microcosm, it’s difficult to hinder certain people from meeting and even sympathising. We shall see whether or not these serious accusations will be followed by measures to put an end to them, if they are proven.
What is clear, however, is if Red Bull is complicit in such things, Wolff and Mercedes are very much calling the kettle black.