Anyone else get the feeling that Michael Masi being fired is turning out like a bad breakup? We’ve already had Red Bull team boss Christian Horner claiming that the former Race Director did nothing wrong, while Sebastian Vettel has also shown his support.
Slating the FIA for turning their back on Masi for what happened last season, reigning champion Max Verstappen believes he didn’t deserve to be sacked.
“But it’s very unfair what happened to Michael because he’s really been thrown under the bus,” he said.
“Can you imagine refereeing in whatever sport the coach equivalent screaming in his ear all the time, ‘it’s yellow card, red card, no decision, no foul’”.
“It’s impossible to make a decision. That team members could talk to him while making decisions is very wrong because it needed to be Michael making the decisions but he had people screaming in his ear.
“So the people right now who did sack him allowed it in the first place, it’s unacceptable. And now basically they just sacked him, I find it really incredible.”
The Red Bull driver felt that sorry for Masi, he sent him a message of support following the news and believes his critics didn’t accept the huge challenge the ex-Race Director faced without support on the job.
“So I feel really sorry for Michael because I think he was a very capable and good race director […] I felt really sad and I sent him a text as well,” Max revealed.
“It’s not the right decision and especially I do think if he would have had someone next to him [it would have been different]. After Charlie died it was very hard to deal with. He had so much experience from the previous years and also, Charlie had help around him.”
He added: “Maybe Michael just needed a little bit more, but everyone needs experience.
“I came into this sport in my first year, I look back at it now, a complete rookie. Now I am so much further than I was back then and I think it would have been the same for Michael.
“So to immediately sack him, for me, is not the right decision. But I wish him all the best with whatever comes next and I hope it is better than F1 racing.”
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