The whole situation has been further highlighted by the fact that communication between the teams and the FIA is being broadcast.
F1 CEO Ross Brawn has revealed that in the future it will stop communication between team bosses and the FIA representatives who oversee races. This has come against the backdrop of what happened in the 2021 season as both Red Bull and Mercedes team bosses repeatedly put pressure on the FIA’s race director, Michael Masi. Things came to a head when Masi initially ruled that cars with a roof wouldn’t be allowed to unfold on their own, which prompted a desperate call from Red Bull Team Manager Christian Horner demanding a Masi had to adjust his decision, which resulted in a call from the Mercedes boss. Toto Wolff.
“We will stop this contact next year,” Brawn is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport as saying. “It’s unacceptable that team bosses put Michael under such pressure during the race. It’s like coaches negotiating with referees in football. Toto couldn’t ask not to. there are Safety Cars and Christian can’t ask the cars to be open” -repeat. It is the decision of the race director,” said the former F1 technical director at Ferrari and former Mercedes F1 team principal.
The whole situation has been further accentuated by the fact that communication between the teams and the FIA is being broadcast for the first time, which adds to the drama on social networks. Michael Masi, the FIA’s race director, held the position for three years, where he served as deputy race director under the legendary Charlie Whiting. Charlie Whiting, who passed away on the eve of the 2019 season, wrote most of the rules governing F1 races run by the FIA. Masi was promoted after Whiting’s death, but he has yet to establish himself on teams the way Whiting has.
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