The job of F1 Race Director has received plenty of attention over the last few months… we can’t think why. Michael Masi has been in the role since early 2019; however, after Abu Dhabi, there are questions on whether he’ll be in that same position for the first race of the 2022 season.
With so much responsibility at the Race Director’s fingertips and the need for quick, concise and consistent decisions, there have been calls to help give a better support system to the person in charge. It’s not yet known if that’ll be Masi or someone new.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner recently explained that the new FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem has a big focus on helping this cause as well.
“The new president has put a key focus on this, and I think there is a big drive to make sure that the race director has better support,” he told Sky Sports .
“The tools that we have at our disposal are far in advance of that of Michael [Masi] and his team.
“I think there’s been a lot of focus on that over the winter, and I think you’ll see that role better supported, which will hopefully enable decisions to be easier and swifter. I think we also need to look at the regulations and simplify some of those as well.”
Questions have been raised about who is best to replace Masi if that change occurs before the season begins. It’s been reported that several teams would like him gone from the position, whilst others want to remain neutral on the decision.
Either way, it seems the FIA are keen to get more help and support to whoever is calling the shots, and we’re totally here for that