Hollywood Actor Confused for Infamous F1 Figure Michael Masi Harrassed by Fans Online

Published 12/16/2021, 8:40 AM EST


After the controversial end to the  2021 F1 season, race director Michael Masi has been receiving a lot of slack for the last-minute hubbub surrounding the rules of the sport. However, in an odd turn, Hollywood actor Michael Masini has now gotten involved!

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In a weird twist of fate, Michael Masini has been receiving DMs on Michael Masi’s behalf. In a recent Instagram post, the actor had to clear the air about who he really is. “Due to all the heat and nasty DM’s I’ve been getting the last two days I’m glad to say I’m NOT Michael Masi Formula 1.”

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The actor, unaware of why he’s been receiving cruel messages, hilariously added, “He seems like a great guy but might’ve slipped up… I don’t know.”

Although a laughable situation, the undertone of the situation remains saddening. With the fans demanding that the race director be sacked, it wouldn’t fix anything. A lesson learned from this season is that the rules of the sport need to be ironed out before 2022.

Drivers react to ‘that’ moment in the F1 finale

The safety car moment in the final lap of the Abu Dhabi GP was greeted with much confusion by the drivers; both backmarkers and the race leader himself. The team radios were thrown into chaos as drivers failed to understand the situation Masi had put them in and then taken them out of.

Fernando Alonso provides a good example of what was going on. Laughing when told that he would not be allowed to un-lap himself, Alonso said, “Understood. [Verstappen] should be two laps in front of me.” When finally allowed to pass the safety car, he added, “This had to be done a few, few laps ago. Unbelievable.”

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Lance Stroll too was left questioning the situation. As a backmarker behind Verstappen, Stroll wasn’t allowed to overtake the car when the other drivers did. “I don’t understand why I shouldn’t be allowed to overtake the safety car.”

Daniel Ricciardo piled on. “I got no idea what they did with letting the cars through… it seemed strange. I’m glad I’m not part of that. Whatever just happened, it seemed pretty f*cked up.”

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It is important to remove the gray areas from the F1 rules; maybe the 2022 season will present the perfect opportunity for better governance of the sport.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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