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FIA President Considers Reinstating Michael Masi in Formula 1 After Controversial 2021 Abu Dhabi GP

Ben Sulayem's Statement Sparks Debate on Masi's Future in F1

In a recent statement, FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem expressed his willingness to reconsider Michael Masi’s role in Formula 1, acknowledging the challenges Masi faced during the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

FIA President, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, in an interview with The Independent, reflected on the past events involving Michael Masi, the former F1 race director. Masi, who played a pivotal role in the outcome of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, faced intense backlash for his decisions that ultimately affected the championship result.

Ben Sulayem, recognizing the gravity of the challenges Masi faced, articulated:

“I always apologise, but I cannot apologise for something which was done before my time [Abu Dhabi ’21]… Michael Masi went through hell – hell!

“And if I see there is an opportunity that the FIA needs, and Michael Masi is the right person, I will bring him [back].”

The 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has been a topic of intense discussion and analysis within the Formula 1 community, with various opinions on the handling of the race’s final laps. Masi’s decision-making during the race played a crucial role in determining the championship’s outcome, a responsibility that carries immense pressure and scrutiny.

Looking forward, Ben Sulayem’s remarks open the door for a potential return of Michael Masi to a significant role within the FIA.

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