Mercedes take sly dig after FIA race director removed from role
The soap opera is starting early this season
Tweeting from their account just minutes after the announcement that Masi had been removed, the AMG Petronas team posted this classic meme on their timeline:
— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) February 17, 2022
Definitely not been stewing over this one have you, lads.
The race and, subsequently, the season ended in one of the biggest controversies the sport has ever seen, with Red Bull's young Dutch driver Max Verstappen beating Lewis Hamilton to the title in the eleventh hour after the safety car was suddenly removed and racing resumed.
Hamilton himself accused race officials of "manipulating" the situation at the time and F1 fans have been squabbling over the decision ever since, as not only did it cost the English star the race but also a record-breaking eighth title.
To add insult to injury, earlier this month, audio of Masi himself seemingly executing exactly what Red Bull team manager Johnathan Wheatley requested.
Michael Masi has been under immense scrutiny over his handling of 2021's title-deciding Abu Dhabi GP and the resurfaced audio from the dramatic final stages has today piled on more pressure! 👇 pic.twitter.com/FtP4pFUhBW
— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) February 9, 2022
Former driver turned commentator Martin Brundle described the entire revelation as "really uncomfortable" and one that has left many of those attached to the sport with a sour taste in their mouths.
Regardless of where you landed on the debate at the time, recent information and Masi's exit suggests that perhaps more investigation might still be required and one thing's for sure: the upcoming season is going to be absolutely blockbuster.
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