Mercedes boss Toto Wolff claims Michael Masi ‘disrespected’ drivers – ‘Liability for F1’

MICHAEL MASI was changed as F1 race director after the controversial finish to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Toto Wolff has launched an assault on former race director Michael Masi, claiming he disrespected drivers and alienated race promoters. Wolff added that Masi was a “legal responsibility for the game” after his instrumental function within the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton misplaced the possibility to safe his eighth world title after a late-race security automotive brought about Max Verstappen to shut up. The Dutchman was capable of cross inside a handful of corners on account of pitting moments earlier for recent tyres.

Nevertheless, there was controversy after Masi solely allowed automobiles between Hamilton and Verstappen to unlap themselves. An FIA report into the drama blamed “human error” for the controversy.

Nevertheless, the Mercedes staff principal revealed he had spoken to Masi to offer him a chunk of his thoughts even earlier than the race.

Talking to the Press Affiliation, he stated: “It’s fairly fascinating as a result of I had lunch with him [Masi] on the Wednesday earlier than the race, and I stated to him that ‘I actually wish to let you know, with out patronising you, that it is advisable to take criticism on board and develop from there. Lewis does it day by day, however you might be man who at all times appears to know higher’.

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff claims Michael Masi 'disrespected' drivers - 'Liability for F1'

Toto Wolff has claimed Michael Masi disrespects drivers (Picture: Getty)

“It wasn’t about influencing him however actually giving my sincere suggestions that he shouldn’t block outdoors opinion as merely being mistaken. You hear from the drivers and the way the drivers’ briefings have been carried out [by Masi] and a few of the guys stated it was virtually disrespectful how he handled a few of them.

“There’s a promoter of one of many races within the Center East who stated he was so relieved he had gone as a result of he bought a lot abuse from him. He was simply proof against any suggestions and even at present he has not correctly mirrored that he did one thing mistaken.

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff claims Michael Masi 'disrespected' drivers - 'Liability for F1'

Michael Masi was eliminated as race director after the tip of final season (Picture: Getty)

“He was a legal responsibility for the game as a result of everyone stored speaking about Abu Dhabi and the race director, and the race director shouldn’t be anyone that folks speak about, however somebody who does the job and makes certain the race is run in accordance with the laws.” Masi was changed by the FIA forward of the brand new season with two new race administrators appointed in his place.

Niels Wittich has been current throughout the primary three races however World Endurance Championship director Eduardo Freitas may even play a supporting function.

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