Hamilton will not want Masi to still be FIA race director this season – Herbert
Lewis Hamilton is likely to feel “very, very angry” if Michael Masi is allowed to continue as FIA race director this season.
That is the verdict of former F1 racer Johnny Herbert who believes if Masi is still at the helm come the opening race of the new season in Bahrain on March 20 it will make for an uncomfortable situation.
The FIA is currently conducting a review into the events of last season’s finale in Abu Dhabi where Masi’s dubious decision-making over the closing laps during a safety car period resulted in Hamilton losing the title to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
The furore refuses to subside, with suggestions being made that Hamilton is likely to quit F1 if Masi remains in his current position.
Asked during a Sky Sports F1 Show special as to the likely feeling if Masi continued, Herbert replied: “It’s not going to be a comfortable situation, probably for both, to be perfectly honest.
“As a driver, and for Sir Lewis, I think he feels very aggrieved his championship was taken away.
“You would not want – and I would not want – to have the man who made the wrong decision, the wrong call, that then lost me a world championship.
“I’d be very, very angry if he was allowed back, and I think Mercedes is in a very similar way.
“There are a lot of things that need to be dealt with in the right way, especially from the FIA to make Formula 1 what we expect it to be, [which is] to be fair.”
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January 15, 2022 at 06:32PM