Michael Masi is said to be on the verge of his first job since his disastrous handling of the final race of the 2021 Formula One Championship. Former Formula 1 race director Michael Masi lost his job after the controversial end to the 2021 season between title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.
The Australian’s role in the chaotic outcome between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, which saw the former win his first world title, has led many to call for his dismissal. The FIA responded after much lobbying from Mercedes, as the former race director was removed from his position in February this year.
Six months later, it seems Masi is ready to make a comeback, as News Corp reports that the former FIA employee is in line to replace Neil Crompton as V8 Supercars president.
The news comes a month after Masi confirmed his departure from the FIA, following his dismissal earlier this year. Following the controversy surrounding the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the Australian recently revealed that he had received death threats following the race.
Speaking to News Corp, he said:
“There were dark days. And without a doubt, I felt like the most hated man in the world. I got death threats. People were saying they were going to come after me and my family.”
He continued: “They were shocking. Racist, abusive, vile, they called me names. And they didn’t stop. Not only on my Facebook but also on my LinkedIn, which is supposed to be a professional platform for business. It was the same kind of abuse.”
The race director compromised after allowing a number of late cars between leader Hamilton and second-placed Verstappen to overtake the safety car in the closing stages of the 2021 finale having followed the agreement between teams to finish the race under green flag conditions, bending the established rules to do so.
That left the two fierce rivals playing out the one-lap sprint to decide the title, and it was the Dutchman who won despite spending the majority of the race behind the seven-time world champion’s pace.