Max Verstappen Launches Staunch Defence of ‘Nice Guy’ Michael Masi

Published 12/16/2021, 2:07 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 18, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Andrej Isakovic


The closing stages of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was surrounded by controversy. Formula One race director, Michael Masi made some controversial decisions that turned the tables in the championship. As the chequered flag brought the race to an end, it was Max Verstappen who was crowned world champion.

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However, the Formula One community isn’t happy with Masi’s decision during the closing stages of the race. But, Verstappen understands how difficult the job can be, and hopes that fans don’t hate him for the events of the Abu Dhabi GP.

Max Verstappen understands how tough Michael Masi’s job is in F1

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The race director made a few decisions towards the end of the race, which played into Red Bull’s favor; ultimately giving Max his first F1 title. But, fans bombarded Masi with hate, but Verstappen feels that is unnecessary, and sympathies with him.

Speaking to BBC, Verstappen said, “It’s a really tough job he has. People say maybe he needs help. Yeah, fair point. Everyone needs help. I need help as well.”

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

“Michael is a nice guy and he tries his very best and it’s very unfair to now start hating on him because it is a very tough job,” Max concluded.

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An intense end to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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The Red Bull driver started from pole position for Sunday’s race, but Hamilton took the lead as soon as the lights went out. However, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, blocked the Mercedes driver, so that Max could catch up; however, the strategy backfired as Lewis overtook the Mexican driver.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen crosses the line to win the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Max’s championship aspirations appeared to be dwindling until a Nicholas Latifi collision brought out a safety car. Both championship candidates were neck-and-neck for the last laps of the race, due to a contentious decision by the FIA.

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Lewis tried but failed to hold Verstappen in his rearview mirror, allowing Max to take the lead all the way to the finish line. With such an exciting finish to the season, the Formula One world is looking forward to what the 2022 season has in store. What are your predictions for the next year? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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