LEWIS HAMILTON and the FIA have been at loggerheads this season over the protection rule on drivers sporting jewelry.
Lewis Hamilton was pissed off at Michael Masi (Picture: GETTY)
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Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes may each be ‘enraged’ if FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem follows by means of on a plan to deliver Michael Masi again into F1. Masi got here underneath large scrutiny final season after his determination to permit Max Verstappen to shut as much as Hamilton within the closing lap of the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Masi in the end paid along with his job with the FIA changing the Australian with two race administrators for the brand new season. Toto Wolff praised the FIA for the change in race director whereas Hamilton was hopeful of the game with the ability to now “transfer ahead”.
Masi has remained on the FIA payroll with Ben Sulayem confirming again in March that “one other place” could be created for the previous race director. However the FIA president has now claimed that Masi may nicely be set for a return to his position in F1.
“I spoke to him two days in the past,” Ben Sulayem informed the Each day Mail. “I’ve no private difficulty (with him). I do not hate anybody.
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Mohammed ben Sulayem is open to Michael Masi returning (Picture: GETTY)
“Michael is there and we’d use him. I did not say we had been eliminating him. I mentioned we’d use him. He could also be in a great place to make use of. We’re open to every thing.
“Our race construction was flawed organisationally. And although we now have introduced in two new race administrators, I would not say we now have received all of it proper but. We have to clear the stables. It isn’t like going to a grocery store and asking for some extra stewards. You want agency and honest folks, tolerant folks.
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“I’m pondering, for instance, of bringing in rally co-drivers, who’ve loads of multi-tasking expertise which can be required, and coaching them up. We want a recruitment drive. This lack of individuals within the FIA must be addressed. I want to see a minimal of three race administrators, ideally by the start of subsequent yr.”
The report goes on to assert that Masi returning to F1 would ‘enrage’ each Hamilton and Mercedes. Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas got here in as the brand new race administrators for the 2022 season, however the latter is just set to make his debut subsequent week in Barcelona.
Herbie Blash has additionally acted as an advisor to the race director this season, who beforehand labored with Charlie Whiting. Wittich has to date been the person pushing the FIA’s security rules on sporting jewelry, which has additionally brought on a stir for Hamilton to date this season.