Ferrari in the breach for Masi after controversial season finale in Abu Dhabi


Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto is standing up for Formula 1 race director Michael Masi. He decided to bring in the safety car with one lap to go in Abu Dhabi after letting the cars between title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen pass. Verstappen was able to win the title with a successful campaign, much to the frustration of Mercedes and to the surprise of many in Formula 1.

After all, had Masi made the right decision? What Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto is not to answer that question unequivocally: “I think that whatever decision he made, someone would always have been satisfied and always someone would have been dissatisfied,” said the Italian in conversation with RacingNews3565, among others.

“At that moment (in that race, ed.) Masi had the most difficult job in the world,” continues Binotto, who nevertheless likes to join discussions about how these kinds of things can be handled better in the future: “The most important thing is that lessons are learned. drawn, if there are lessons to be learned at all.”

Ferrari willing to talk about regulations

“I think that will happen in the F1 Commission meetings. As Ferrari, we like to sit down with the team bosses, the FIA ​​and F1 to discuss whether we can do certain things differently. But I don’t think so right now. “It was appropriate to condemn certain choices because, and I am repeating myself, it was a very difficult decision. They must have had good reasons for making this decision. Maybe it could have happened differently, but it is difficult to judge.”

In any case, Ferrari is confident that the matter will be looked at closely, including under the new FIA regime: “I know the new president, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, well. There has always been a good relationship with Ferrari and with the whole of F1. , which I think is very important. I love working with him. I’m already talking to him about what’s coming up in F1 and what the most pressing things are.”

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