Michael Masi says he “just wanted to be in a bubble” after Abu Dhabi

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Former F1 race director Michael Masi says the reaction to the controversial finish of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix had a “mental” impact on him.

At the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, race director Michael Masi broke the rules that govern the use of the Safety Car, which basically gave Max Verstappen the race win and the 2021 title on a silver platter.

At the same time, Masi’s controversial and unjust decisions prevented Lewis Hamilton from winning his record-breaking eighth F1 championship.

Masi has since revealed that he received online abuse after the race. In an interview with the Sydney Daily Telegraph, he described how he felt during that time.

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“I didn’t want to talk to anyone,” Masi said.

“Not even family and friends. I only talked to my close family but very briefly. It did have a physical impact, but it was more mental.

“I just wanted to be in a bubble. I had no desire to talk to them. I just wanted to be alone, which was very challenging.

“The whole experience has made me a much stronger person,” the Australian concluded.

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