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February 22, 2022

‘Not right’: Red Bull boss slams ‘harsh’ sacking of Aussie F1 race director Red Bull’s Christian Horner believes Michael Masi didn’t deserve to be sacked.

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The sacked Australian F1 race director doesn’t have much support after last year’s controversy, but one team boss is in his corner.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes sacked Formula One race director Michael Masi has been treated “harshly”, The Sun reports.

The Australian was stood down in the wake of his mid-race decision at December’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which helped Red Bull’s Max Verstappen pip Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton to the world title.

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After much speculation, the sport’s governing body, the FIA, concluded Masi had not applied the rules properly in a late safety car period of the race, and have now introduced a new VAR supported structure for next season.

Horner, Red Bull’s team principal, feels Masi has been treated unfairly.

“It’s a difficult one, and it’s the FIA’s business,” he told talkSPORT.

“I think it is harsh, I think he was in a very difficult position last year.

“We felt a lot of the decisions went against us last year.

“When you look at what he has at his disposal in terms of resource, compared to what the teams have, it’s such a massive difference.

“It’s good to hear they are bringing in things like the VAR equivalent and one of the most experienced guys in Herbie Blash.

“I just think there was so much pressure put on the removal of Michael and that’s not right. That’s my personal feeling.

“It’s a bit of a smokescreen as when you look back at the race, Mercedes had two opportunities to pit.”

Despite the chaotic conclusion to the season, Horner thinks Verstappen was a deserving champion for his performances over the whole season.

He added: “You have to look at the season over the 22 races. We had a lot of decisions go against us earlier in the year and penalties that weren’t awarded and so on.

“We got a little bit lucky at the end and sometimes that happens in sport, it’s not over until the whistle goes or the flag falls.”

This article originally appeared in The Sun and was repurposed with permission.


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