Ross Brawn: F1 Will ‘Stop’ the ‘Contact’ Between Michael Masi & Team Bosses in 2022

Published 12/14/2021, 2:06 AM EST
AUSTIN, TEXAS – OCTOBER 31: Ross Brawn, Managing Director (Sporting) of the Formula One Group, talks in a press conference to announce the rules for the 2021 Formula One season during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on October 31, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


The 2021 Formula 1 season will forever be remembered as one of the greatest in the sport’s history. However, one crucial, albeit controversial aspect of it, was the interaction between teams and race control; something which will be discontinued from next season, according to Ross Brawn.

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Not to be mistaken, it isn’t the broadcast of the communications between teams and race control, but the interactions themselves that won’t be allowed.

According to Auto Motor Sport Und, the Managing Director (Sporting) of F1 has decided to cut these lines.

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“We will stop this contact next year,” Brawn said. He added, “The decision in the last lap is a highlight that cannot be topped. Unfortunately, the protest takes the shine from this final a bit.” 

“It is not acceptable that the team bosses put Michael under such pressure during the race. Toto Wolff cannot demand that a safety car should not come, and Christian Horner cannot demand that the cars have to lap back. That is at the discretion of the race director.”

Why did Ross Brawn have to resort to this measure?

Making this side of Formula 1 visible or audible to fans for the first time was intended to enhance the viewing experience. Surely, it added an edge to things. It gave fans an insight into how important the role of Michael Masi or race control is. And how results are so dependent on a race director.

But whether one attributes it to the intensity of the championship rivalry or whether it was ‘bound to happen’, the interactions between team principals and race directors kept getting worse and worse.

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It reached a point where what started off as laughable, never-heard-before funny moments escalated to accusations and insulting digs at each other towards the end.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 17: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks with Ross Brawn, Managing Director (Sporting) of the Formula One Group, before the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 17, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

In fact, some fans, depending on which side they were on, suggested favoritism for the other team in the decisions. This is something that clearly hurts the integrity of the sport.

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As fans, we would miss the dramatic and funny moments between teams and the race control during a tense situation. But looking at the current state of things, this is arguably the right decision.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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