Michael Masi Could Make An F1 Race Director Comeback In 2023 – WTF1
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Michael Masi Could Make An F1 Race Director Comeback In 2023

Rocky may be the greatest comeback story ever told, but it may get some tough competition if Michael Masi becomes F1’s newest race director! 

Michael Masi has cut a controversial shape in Formula One. After making an “error” (to put it lightly) in the handling of last season’s finale in Abu Dhabi, Masi was removed and replaced by Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas.

However, FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem has revealed that Masi could be in contention to make a dramatic and highly controversial return.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Ben Sulayem said “I didn’t say we were getting rid of him. I said we might use him. He may be in a good place to use. We are open to everything”.

This news comes after the FIA President revealed that he “would like to see a minimum of three race directors” by the start of 2023.

Of course this hasn’t exactly played out well in the Mercedes camp, who were on the receiving end of Masi’s highly controversial decisions in Abu Dhabi.

Both Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff are reportedly shocked by the news and to be honest, who can blame them? 

So, what do you think? Is Masi the right man for the job? Let us know in the comments.

16 thoughts on “Michael Masi Could Make An F1 Race Director Comeback In 2023

  • I want Massi back
    Sure he made a massive mistake that completely shaped the title fight…
    (an example: but at least he would’ve allowed DRS at Imola which would’ve made it a better race)

    • Overtaking doesn’t mean great racing, DRS is a disgrace and could easily be removed if they lighten the weight of the cars!

      • Phil Clarke says:

        Lighten the weight of the cars? The teams can’t hit minimum weight as it is. The only way would be to get rid of hybrid (not gonna happen) or compromise driver safety (not gonna happen).

        • Cars from mid-2000s were incredibly light weight and superbly safe at the same time!
          The safety systems is a false, excuse, they just f*cked up the regulation, cars weren’t that heavy last couple of years!
          Btw, he hybrid system is also a disgrace, but they obviously won’t get rid of it…

          • Point A: Safety systems have evolved since the early 2000’s such as the addition of the Halo which has SAVED the lives of people (Leclerc 2018, Romain 2020) alongside heavier engines and other internals

            Point B: why take a giant leap backwards in engine development, forget about bringing back everyone’s beloved V10’s they are NEVER coming back, they’re most likely to stick with the current hybrid units for the foreseeable

          • The Halo actually made drivers less aware of their surroundings, they think that they’re kind of invincible, it has a negative effect on their driving!
            Practically nobody died in 30 years in F1, F2, F3 before the introduction of the Halo and now, suddenly, we’ve had multiple terrible accidents which required it to save their lives, which proves my point!

            We can still make light cars without compromising the racing, there’s actually plans to reduce the weight for the next generation of cars that will come in 2026!

      • Phil Clarke says:

        Lighten the weight of the cars? The teams can’t hit minimum weight as it is. The only way would be to get rid of hybrid (not gonna happen) or compromise driver safety (not gonna happen).

  • Seems people can’t see the forest through the trees. The jewelry thing and now this. FIA prez is putting F1 on notice they are not above the FIA. Ben is letting them know he makes the decisions and they are to accept those decisions.

    • randomlyassigned says:

      Agreed – it’s a total power play by the FIA, as in “Do you want to see how miserable I can make your lives? Do you??” The question shouldn’t be is Masi the right man for the job, but is Ben Sulayem the right man for the job. The answer, in both cases, is no.

  • Mike Leslie says:

    Sorry FIA isn’t run by Mercedes F1 or Group, so if Ben Sulayem considers have Masi back as a Racing Director in 2023 then it’s down to him, & not Wolff or Hamilton, The Work Masi has done before the “Controversy ” has seen F1 tracks be overall safe unlike Miami, I think a year out of the Directors Chair would of done Masi good, & if Hamilton Leaves because of this, I won’t loose sleep

  • What the FIA said was ” Michael Masi, who accomplished a very challenging job for three years as Formula 1 race director following Charlie Whiting, will be offered a new position within the FIA.”

    Race Director isn’t a new position. MBS has gone back on his word.

  • We can now confirm that FIA has every intention to stop Lewis
    Hamilton winning the 2021 championship.
    Allowing its race director Michael Masi and officials to manipulate the race, and allowing Masi to break the rules without any punishment to his corrupted ways, instructed by the Red Bull’s Johnathan Wheatley and Christian Horner.
    The world knows that Michael Masi is corrupted and FIA still wants him to return.

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