‘The man is as constant because the UK’s lockdown guidelines’: Livid F1 followers demand race director Michael Masi is SACKED after his controversial unlapping name handed Max Verstappen the world championship over Lewis Hamilton
- Max Verstappen received the world championship on the final lap in Abu Dhabi
- Lewis Hamilton had, till then, been main the race from the primary lap
- Race director Michael Masi made a daring name when the security automobile was out
- The calls made a Verstappen victory inevitable and has left followers livid
The morning after one of the dramatic races in Method One historical past and race director Michael Masi has discovered himself on the centre of a plot that may proceed to grip motorsport for a very long time to come back.
After main from the primary nook and seemingly heading in the right direction for a record-setting eighth world title, Lewis Hamilton misplaced the championship to Max Verstappen as a result of calls from Masi after the usage of a security automobile when Nicholas Latifi crashed.
His choice to permit the vehicles between Hamilton and Verstappen to unlap themselves put the 2 rivals subsequent to one another for the ultimate lap of the race in Abu Dhabi and with Verstappen having brisker tyres than Hamilton, he overtook the Brit on the ultimate lap and received the race and the title.
Method One race director Michael Masi finds himself on the centre of the controversy round Max Verstappen’s dramatic world championship victory over Lewis Hamilton
Verstappen overtook Hamilton on the final lap after Masi referred to as for the vehicles between them to unlap themselves after the security automobile had been out on the monitor
Hamilton was gracious in defeat regardless of the agonising nature of dropping the race on Sunday
However the controversy of the decision by Masi relating to the unlapping has induced ire throughout the Method One group and followers are calling for him to lose his job as race director.
‘No matter who will get awarded the F1 Championship this incompetent idiot as FIA race director Michael Masi must be sacked on the spot,’ wrote one livid fan on Twitter.
One other wrote: ‘Regardless of whom you assist, Max or Lewis, I believe either side can agree Masi must be fired.
‘The man is as constant because the UK’s lockdown guidelines.’
A unique fan stated: ‘Michael Masi must be sacked instantly. Ought to by no means be in control of one other F1 race once more.’
And whereas most individuals have been gripped by duel between Hamilton and Verstappen this season, one follower branded the marketing campaign ‘an entire joke’, including ‘eliminate Masi instantly’.
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff was heard having an trade with Masi within the rapid aftermath of the race, saying: ‘We have to return to the lap earlier than.’
Masi’s reply to Wolff was abrupt. ‘It is referred to as a motor race,’ he stated.
Hamilton, in the meantime, was humble regardless of the agonising nature of his defeat. He stated: ‘Firstly large congratulations to Max and his group. I believe we did an incredible job this 12 months, my group, everybody again on the manufacturing facility, all of the women and men, now we have labored so onerous all 12 months.
‘It has been probably the most tough of seasons. I am so happy with them, so grateful to be on the journey with them. We gave it completely all the things, we by no means gave up and that is crucial factor.
‘After all I have been feeling nice within the automobile this previous couple of months, significantly on the finish.
‘But when I am sincere, we’re nonetheless within the pandemic and I simply want everybody to remain secure and have a superb Christmas with their households, and we’ll see about subsequent 12 months.’