Former Formula 1 race director Masi quits FIA

FILE - File photo of the FIA's Michael Masi.  Masi has left his post with motorsport's governing body five months after being replaced as Formula 1 race director. Masi is moving to Australia

FILE – File photo of the FIA’s Michael Masi. Masi left his post at motorsport’s governing body five months after being replaced as Formula 1 race director. Masi is moving to Australia “to be closer to his family and to take on new challenges”, said said the FIA. Masi, 44, had been race director for three years but was replaced following the controversy surrounding the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last December, when Red Bull driver Max Verstappen won his first world title after passed Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton. the last round. (David Davies/PA via AP)

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Michael Masi has left his post at motorsport’s governing body five months after being replaced as Formula 1 race director.

Masi is moving to Australia “to be closer to his family and take on new challenges”, the FIA ​​announced on Tuesday.

Masi, 44, had been race director for three years but was replaced following the controversy surrounding the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last December, when Red Bull driver Max Verstappen won his first world title after passed Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton. the last round.

At the time, it was announced that Masi was staying with the FIA ​​but in an undetermined role.

In March, the FIA ​​concluded that Masi had committed “human error”, but acted in good faith with a disputed restart procedure at the end of the season race.

The FIA ​​thanked Masi for his commitment and noted that he carried out “the many duties entrusted to him in a professional and dedicated manner”.

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