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today is Sep 26, 2022

So at long last, Michael Masi’s finally been given the boot as F1’s Race Director. With the unanimous support of F1’s bosses and team principals, FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem has revealed in video several major changes for the 2022 season.

The biggest of these has seen Masi axed and from next week’s pre-season test in Barcelona, he’ll be replaced by an alternating Race Director. Eduardo Freitas and Niels Wittich will be swapping the position between them and will be assisted by Herbie Blash as a permanent senior adviser.

Let’s take a look at who going to be having the challenge of managing F1’s races this year.


Known for his no-nonsense approach, Freitas has been the World Endurance Championship’s Race Director for 20 years, often overseeing 60 or more cars in four different classes in challenging wet and dark conditions.

Having started out as a track marshal, in the early 2000s he became a Race Director in GT and European Touring Cars. During the 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix, he was on hand as part of the race direction team for his home race.

When he’s not in charge of the racing, Freitas spends his free weekends volunteering as a marshal. So popular is Freitas, there was even a petition on calling for him to have Masi’s job.


The predecessor of current DTM race director Scot Elkins (who also fulfils the same job in Formula E and Extreme E), Wittich left the role at the end of 2021. For 2022, he was appointed as Masi’s deputy in F1 and as the Race Director for F2 and F3.


Michael Blash, known as Herbie, has had an extensive career in F1 and was former Race Director Charlie Whiting’s right-hand man, with the two being affectionately called the ‘old couple’.

Herbie served as the Deputy Race Director from 1996 to 2016 and his and Whiting’s double act saw Blash effectively be the Race Director until Whiting got back from the grid overseeing the start.

Starting in the sport in 1968, he had gone on to become Team Manager at championship-winning Brabham during the 1970s and 80s. Most recently, the 74-year-old has worked as a consultant for Yamaha in World Superbikes.

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