F1 News: Mercedes Boss Takes Aim At Red Bull Sporting Director Over Abu Dhabi Controversy
Mercedes-AMG team principal Toto Wolff has launched yet more attacks at 2021’s race director Michael Masi and his relationship with Red Bull.
During a new documentary coming to Sky Sports called Duel: Hamilton V Verstappen, Wolff brought into question Red Bull’s sporting director Jonathan Wheatley who had formed a “bromance” with Masi. According to Wolff, this influenced Masi’s decision to allow the lapped cars between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen to move out of Verstappen’s way during the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
He said the following:
“He’s [Wheatley] turned Michael Masi the race director, not only in Abu Dhabi but before, and probably Max owes him a lot.”
Wolff also added how he felt about Masi as he leaves his role as race director:
“I haven’t spoken to him and I don’t want to speak to him ever again.
“His decisions were wrong and I’m sure that he regrets them
“The FIA should have seen much earlier that there was a problem. There was a problem with the structure. There was a problem of personalities.”
“I feel for Max.
“He merits the World Championship, but there’s only talk about Abu Dhabi.”