‘Astonished’ Lewis Hamilton made ‘urgent phone calls’ after FIA’s Michael Masi comments

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LEWIS HAMILTON was denied a world championship by Michael Masi’s determination making in Abu Dhabi final 12 months.

'Astonished' Lewis Hamilton made 'urgent phone calls' after FIA's Michael Masi comments

Lewis Hamilton was stated to be left ‘astonished’ by the potential return of Michael Masi (Picture: GETTY)

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Lewis Hamilton was stated to be left ‘astonished’ by studies that former FIA race director Michael Masi may return to a recent position. The governing physique’s president, Mohammed ben Sulayem, revealed final week that the door was open for Masi’s controversial comeback.

An interview given by Ben Sulayem has apparently shocked Hamilton into making ‘pressing telephone calls’. The Mercedes ace felt robbed of a world title final 12 months after Masi made a contentious determination in direction of the end result of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Australian was sacked from his place as race director following the occasion. Hamilton was main title rival Max Verstappen, just for a security automobile to be deployed on the observe.

Masi controversially allowed 5 lapped vehicles between Hamilton and Verstappen to unlap earlier than the ultimate lap was began. Verstappen, on more energizing, softer tyres, overtook Hamilton to win the race and the world championship.

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'Astonished' Lewis Hamilton made 'urgent phone calls' after FIA's Michael Masi comments

Toto Wolff went public in his need for Michael Masi to be sacked final 12 months (Picture: GETTY)

The departure of Masi got here after stress from senior figures at Mercedes. Nevertheless, Ben Sulayem instructed the Day by day Mail final week: “Michael is there and we would use him. We’re open to every little thing.”

The identical publication has reported that Hamilton and his closest advisers had been left ‘astonished’ by the revelation. Virtually as quickly because the story broke, the seven-times world champion urgently messaged these round him to debate the information.

Masi’s sacking was seen as a victory for Mercedes, with crew principal Toto Wolff publicly backing the dismissal. Masi was changed by Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas, who’ve alternated within the position for the primary 5 races of the 2022 season.

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'Astonished' Lewis Hamilton made 'urgent phone calls' after FIA's Michael Masi comments

Lewis Hamilton controversially missed out on a world championship final season (Picture: EXPRESS SPORT)

Nevertheless, upon saying Masi’s departure as a part of sweeping structural modifications earlier this 12 months, Ben Sulayem did counsel that he can be supplied a brand new position inside the FIA. A February assertion by the president learn: “Michael Masi, who completed a really difficult job for 3 years as Components 1 race director following Charlie Whiting, shall be supplied a brand new place inside the FIA.”

Wolff lately revealed that he had lunch with Masi the week earlier than final 12 months’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hamilton and Verstappen had been extremely stage on factors heading into the occasion and the stakes had been excessive.

The Austrian instructed the Press Affiliation in April: “I had lunch with [Masi] on the Wednesday earlier than the race. I stated to him that, ‘I actually need to let you know, with out patronising you, that it is advisable to take criticism on board and develop from there. Lewis does it on daily basis, however you’re man who at all times appears to know higher’.

“It wasn’t about influencing him. However actually giving my sincere suggestions that he shouldn’t block exterior opinion as merely being unsuitable.”


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