Former F1 race director Michael Masi officially leaves the FIA

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The FIA has confirmed that former F1 race director Michael Masi, the man responsible for the controversial outcome of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, has decided to leave the organisation.

Michael Masi, the man who ignored the rules and protocols that govern the use of the Safety Car at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which allowed Max Verstappen to easily pick up the win and the world title, has left the FIA.

The former race director has previously been removed from his position of race director following his controversial decisions in the final moments of the 2021 season. The subsequent FIA report on the incident admitted he had made a “human error”.

He has since been replaced by Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas, who now alternate in the role of F1’s race director, but FIA president Mohammen Ben Sulayem has insisted that Masi will be offered a different role within the organisation.

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However, now the FIA confirms the Australian has decided to leave the organisation.

“The FIA confirms that Michael Masi has decided to leave the FIA and relocate to Australia to be closer to his family and take on new challenges,” the FIA’s statement read.

“He oversaw a three-year period as FIA Formula 1 Race Director and Safety Delegate following the sudden passing of Charlie Whiting in 2019, carrying out the numerous functions he was tasked with in a professional and dedicated manner.

“The FIA thanks him for his commitment and wishes him the best for the future,” the FIA concluded.

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