Who Can Replace Michael Masi Should He Be Sacked by the FIA?

Published 01/13/2022, 8:50 AM EST


Michael Masi has come under scrutiny for his actions at the Abu Dhabi GP. It has led to petitions, heavy criticisms, and the general call for change. Mercedes had been a strong advocate for the latter; however, as wheels are seemingly set in motion, who could replace Masi were he to leave?

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In a recent FIA document, they charted out the organizational structure of the 2022 season. Under the title for Secretary of Sports, Masi’s name is no longer where it should be. Although Mercedes had asked for such a change, their statement had also included, “It’s not only a decision to change the race director; the whole system of decision-making needs to be improved.”

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton looks dejected after finishing second in the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff had charged Masi with “a freestyle reading of the rules and it left Lewis like a sitting duck. Robbing him in the last lap of the race is unacceptable.”

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Thus, if the FIA keels to the demands of Mercedes, an eight-time championship-winning team and a big name in the sport, maybe Masi will be shown the door soon.

Who can be a suitable successor for Michael Masi?

The only thing that could be holding the FIA back from dismissing Michael Masi is that he has no one to replace him. There have been no speculations or rumors as to who could take this seat from the Australian.

However, the only clue towards such a replacement is Peter Bayer. Bayer currently finds himself in Masi’s place in the organizational chart, thus being the only person in the discussions towards the seat. This should be confirmation enough, but there have been no statements from either party.

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Bayer is a popular name in the organisation. The Austrian has been the secretary general for motorsports for many years. Thus, he may also have a knack for the position he might inherit.

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As we wait for the dust to settle on what has been a tumultuous off season for the sport, the FIA’s decision surrounding Michael Masi and the Abu Dhabi GP will also reflect crucially on Lewis Hamilton’s decision surrounding his career.

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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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