MICHAEL MASI‘S future as F1 Race Director is hanging in the balance.
The FIA could replace Formula 1 Race Director Michael Masi with veteran official Eduardo Freitas, according to reports. Masi’s position is in peril after his central role in the controversial 2021 F1 season conclusion in Abu Dhabi, where Max Verstappen was crowned world champion.
Lewis Hamilton led most of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit before a late crash forced a safety car to enter the track.
Under those restrictions, the season was set to end with Hamilton winning a record eighth Drivers’ Championship.
But Masi allowed racing to resume in the final lap and Verstappen, on fresh tyres, overtook his Mercedes rival to claim his maiden success.
The Australian Race Director’s decision was immediately questioned, and whilst Mercedes withdrew their appeals over the result, the FIA are still investigating the remarkable events.
Results of the investigation won’t come to light until March 18, just days before the 2022 season gets underway.
However, the FIA could decide to replace Masi with current WEC Race Director Freitas after audio of a conversation between him and Jonathan Wheatley at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was leaked earlier this week.
According to DAZN Espana, various sources have named Freitas as a possible candidate to become F1 Race Director in 2022.
Last year, the Portuguese official celebrated 20 years as an FIA Race Director and undoubtedly boasts the experience required to arrive in F1.
He also holds recent experience acting in the same role for Le Mans 24 hours, ELMS and Asian LMS.
DAZN Espana’s report doesn’t bode well for Masi, and many fans would be delighted with Freitas’ arrival.
Some have already called for the veteran to replace Masi, with Bradley Philpot launching a petition on change.org to rally for his appointment.
The petition’s description states: “After an unprecedented season of inconsistent and extremely questionable stewards’ decisions, culminating in the farcical end to the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, we are petitioning the organisers of Formula 1 to replace the current race director with well respected and experienced Eduardo Freitas from the WEC.
“Freitas has over 20 years of high-level race director experience and is regarded around the world as a voice of consistency and authority.
“It is vital that viewer and fan confidence is restored in the policing of F1 races, which has been eroded throughout the 2021 season.”
Credit: Express.co.uk,Getty Images
BREAKING: ASUU STRIKE: FG Budgets N470bn To Address One Of ASUU’s Demands
Breaking: Appeal Court Orders ASUU To Resume Work Immediately
European Union Scholarships and Jobs for 2023 (Apply Now)
Marriott International Recruitment 2022, Careers & Job Vacancies (14 Positions)
Coca Cola Recruitment 2022 October, Careers & Job Vacancies (4 Positions)
Veepee Group Recruitment 2022, Careers & Job Vacancies (4 Positions)
Salpha Energy Recruitment 2022, Careers & Job Vacancies (9 Positions)
Capital Luxury Recruitment 2022, Careers & Job Vacancies (5 Positions)
Latest Update On ASUU Resumption, ASUU Strike News Today, 7th October 2022
Black Market Dollar To Naira Exchange Rate Today October 7 2022
Leadway Assurance, Nestle Nigeria Plc, Microsoft, Thrive Agric, Stears Join Sterling to Unlock $ 1 Trillion at ASA 2022
Tinubu To Meet Presidential Campaign Council, APC Stakeholders Over Controversial List
Is Kogi Govt Trying To Recover Obajana Cement Company From Dangote?
Top 10 Nigerian stockbroking firms in Q3 2022
Ooni Of Ife Set For Another Grand Style Wedding After His Marriage To Mariam
Breaking News24 hours ago
Court orders FCMB to pay N540m to pastor wrongly accused of laundering money for Magu
Top Stories17 hours ago
President Buhari Meets With Freed Abuja-kaduna Train Victimes In Kaduna (Photos)
Politics18 hours ago
Shehu Sani Speaks On Thieves Who Stole Former Vice-President Sambo’s Phone In Abuja
Top Stories20 hours ago
Lai Mohammed: PDP Will Loot Treasury Dry If Given Access To Power Again
Entertainment20 hours ago
Fani-Kayode withdraws attempted murder suit filed against ex-wife
Politics20 hours ago
2023: “Tinubu supporters are holy and righteous” – Fani-Kayode
Politics20 hours ago
Buhari Reveals The Kind Of Nigeria He Inherited From Goodluck Jonathan
Top Stories21 hours ago
Breaking: Tinubu Arrives From UK This Evening Ahead Of ‘Crucial Meeting’ Tomorrow