Removing under-pressure FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi from his role won’t take care of larger problems concerning the integrity of theF1, according to ex-grand prix racer Martin Brundle.
Masi was roundly criticised for his handling of the late safety cars and truck reactivate in the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which caused Mercedes motorist Lewis Hamilton to shed the race lead as well as the world championship to Red Bull rival Max Verstappen on the final lap.
Masi permitted the lapped autos in between Hamilton and Verstappen to pass the security vehicle, yet maintained those behind Verstappen in place.
Mercedes revealed its objective to appeal the Abu Dhabi race result after its post-race objection right into the safety and security automobile procedure was denied, yet consequently decided to withdraw this complying with the FIA’s relocate to release an inner testimonial.
Hamilton has actually not spoken about his future considering a quick meeting in the immediate after-effects of the race, with Mercedes F1 employer Toto Wolff disclosing last month that both he and also Hamilton were “disappointed” with F1.
The FIA released its initial statement on the issue because of the consultation of Mohammed Ben Sulayem as head of state on Thursday, mentioning that its evaluation of what happened in Abu Dhabi will consist of a concentrate on the use of the safety and security car.
In the middle of speculation over Masi’s future, Skies Sports F1 pundit Brundle said eliminating him would not solve the troubles F1 deals with.
” What I definitely understand without a doubt is that sacking Michael Masi will certainly not repair the problem,” said Brundle, a veteran of 158 grand Prix starts between 1984 and 1996.
” This is means too large a work for a single person to handle this in a 23-race season, it’s only going to expand.
” In the past with 16-18 races for Charlie [Whiting, Masi’s predecessor] and also Herbie [Blash, Whiting’s aide], Charlie used to start the race and also Herbie was effectively the race supervisor till Charlie came back from the starting rostrum down near the grid.
” They had all of it under control, however, it’s simply expanding significantly so Masi if he stays needs a great deal of support around him as well as I think that’s what they’re checking out, currently.
” And who would in fact want to enter his shoes now?”
Brundle included that Masi has “just obtained one life left” if both he and the FIA wish for him to stay on.
“So I do not understand if that’s tenable, overall,” he said.
Brundle’s Sky colleague Johnny Herbert, a three-time grand prix winner, recommended that Masi’s setting was now untenable.
“I assume he’s done way too much damages to Formula 1,” he claimed. “The position that he remains in, you have actually got to have depend on, as well as I assume that trust fund has completely and also entirely evaporated.