During the Safety Car period at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, race director Michael Masi ignored the rules and created a situation which allowed Max Verstappen, who was on fresher tyres, to easily overtake Lewis Hamilton in the final lap of the race, and win the 2021 title.
Considering how Masi blatantly disregarded the rules, which if followed would have led to the race finishing under the Safety Car, Toto Wolff immediately went on the radio with a desperate plea.
“No Michael, no, no, that was so not right,” Wolff said.
“You need to reinstate the lap before, that’s not right,” he continued in his next message.
This led to Masi flippantly answering: “Toto… It’s called a motor race. We went car racing.”
The response was shocking considering ‘car racing’ involves rules, rules that Masi blatantly disregarded.
The whole situation is now a subject of FIA’s investigation and Masi’s position as race director is in serious doubt.
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However, the man who benefitted from said controversy, Max Verstappen, seems to find the whole situation funny.
Verstappen is currently participating in sim racing events with Team Redline and, while watching one of his team-mates get run off the track by a rival, he decided to make fun of Michael Masi.
“So instead of giving up his position, he just shunts you out of the way,” Max said over the radio.
“No worries, I’ll report it to Michael Masi,” he joked.
He then proceeded to mock Wolff’s Abu Dhabi message.
“No Mikey, no!” he shouted, leading to an eruption of laughter from the fans watching the stream.
It’s interesting that while the FIA is dealing with one of the biggest controversies in its history, the man who benefitted from it finds the situation amusing.