Ted Kravitz says Michael Masi “hasn’t been saying hello to Mercedes people”

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Sky Sports’ Ted Kravitz says former F1 race director Michael Masi has been “saying hello to drivers”, but not to “Mercedes people” at the Australian Grand Prix. Kravitz also asks the question: “What’s Michael Masi doing in the paddock?”

Former F1 race director Michael Masi has been in the Formula 1 paddock during the Australian Grand Prix weekend, for the first time since the controversial 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The unjust decisions Masi made at the time have denied Lewis Hamilton his almost certain eighth championship title win, and the FIA subsequently removed Masi from his role as race director.

Not only that, but the FIA’s official investigation into the matter has determined that Masi had made a “human error”, and this “error” basically handed Max Verstappen the 2021 title on a silver platter.

In his post-race Ted’s Notebook show, Sky Sports’ Ted Kravitz revealed the Australian was not very cordial with Mercedes people over the weekend.

“Michael Masi, the ex-FIA race director, has been in the paddock for the first time since that fateful day in December 2021,” Kravitz said.


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“And he’s been saying hello to drivers, [but] he hasn’t been saying hello to Mercedes people.

“I don’t really… Well, I do want to get into it, you know I do. But I won’t.

“What’s he doing in Australia? He’s in charge of the V8 Supercars, the Australian Touring Cars now. But what’s he doing coming back into the Formula 1 paddock?

“There are some rumours that Formula 1 want him back because Niels Wittich needs some help on the FIA race direction side. But that’s not going to happen.

“What’s Michael Masi doing in the paddock?” the Briton concluded.

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