Toto Wolff on whether Michael Masi needs to be replaced

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says FIA’s decision-making had “a catastrophic impact because it decided the world championship”.

FIA race director Michael Masi made several decisions that broke written FIA rules near the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and basically served Max Verstappen the race win and the world championship on a silver platter.

After Mercedes decided to withdraw its appeal against the FIA’s controversial decisions, Toto Wolff was asked if he thought Masi should be replaced.

“It’s not only a decision to change the race director,” the Austrian said.

“The whole system of decision making needs to be improved. The race director is certainly under big pressure and some of this is due to our own faults.

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“I would have wished more consistent decision making that would have avoided many of the controversies throughout the year, but the last one was a decision that had the biggest impact.

“From a sporting perspective, it was a catastrophic impact because it decided the world championship.

“But you can see all season it went back and forth, and we were on the receiving end sometimes and sometimes we were luckier.

“I have confidence together, all of us together, the teams, the drivers, the FIA and the sport can revamp the way decisions are being made and make the sport stronger.

“I think these situations, as painful as they are, are also an opportunity to make the sport better,” concluded Wolff.

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