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Red Bull Boss Disagrees With Masi F1 Sacking – “He Was More of a Pawn”

Published 03/04/2022, 12:57 PM EST

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The season finale in Abu Dhabi is still the hot topic in the paddock ahead of the 2022 season. The controversial circumstances led to many discussions and an impending investigation from the FIA. Furthermore, this led to the firing of race director Michael Masi from the post and the introduction of VAR and two new directors.

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But Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko believes the FIA and teams used Masi as a pawn in the situation. The former racing driver mentioned that if the new rules would have been in place in 2021, it would have helped Masi a lot in the decision-making.


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Red Bull advisor, Helmut Marko speaks out for Michael Masi

As reported by Motorsport-Turkey, the Red Bull advisor empathized with the Australian after he was fired from the position of Race Director. The Austrian stated Masi was a pawn in many situations last season when caught between teams.

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“You have to look at what Masi has been doing over the years. Now, the race director’s knowledge will expand even further. There will be a virtual race check with all the data and photos to assist the race director, accompanied by veteran consultant Herbie Blash. If Masi had all these things, it would have been easier to decide,” said Marko.


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“Besides that, radio conversations between race control and teams will be restricted for the convenience of the upcoming race director. This was done to mitigate an impact, which was certainly huge on our part as well as Mercedes. Masi could have benefited from the new rules too. He was more of a pawn,” said the 78-year-old.

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It is nice to see Helmut sympathize with Masi and show his support during his hard time. But many would argue that Marko and Red Bull played their part in the firing of Masi, the same as Mercedes. However, that would still be up for debate. Let’s hope we see the Aussie in a new role with the FIA soon in the 2022 season.



Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.