Just when it got to the fun part of canceling and castigating former race director Michael Masi for social media trolls, the FIA have parted company with the Australian. Now who will take the role of punching bag in the paddock?
Regardless of what many think, I tend to believe that we are all capable of making the right calls and sometimes the wrong calls and like any decision, its efficacy, wrongness or rightness is also subject to the lens of those who view it.
I may be old fashioned but I think, like the margins between good and bad calls, there is room for understanding, compassion, forgiveness and reconciliation. There is little doubt the emotional and capital cost to Mercedes was real and finding a shred of understanding may seem impossible. Perhaps I am the only one who has realized this from my youth but the finger of blame eventually turns upon itself. I do hope those eviscerating Mr. Masi never have to face the white-hot ire of the world like he has.
The FIA confirms that Michael Masi has decided to leave the FIA and relocate to Australia to be closer to his family and take on new challenges. He oversaw a three-year period as FIA Formula 1 Race Director and Safety Delegate following the sudden passing of Charlie Whiting in 2019, carrying out the numerous functions he was tasked with in a professional and dedicated manner. The FIA thanks him for his commitment and wishes him the best for the future.