Contact with the race director is a point of discussion following the chaotic final phase in Abu Dhabi. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner and Wolff of Mercedes both contacted Michael Masi in the closing stages of the race at the Yas Marina Circuit. The pressure was increased considerably, after which Formula 1 sporting director Ross Brawn announced that such contact should be banned. Television viewers were able to get the radio contact every now and then for the first time this season.
“I agree with Ross”, Wolff says to Motorsport.com. “However, I do blame myself and Ross for this. The permission to open such channels for transparency towards fans has also been given by us. There is always a lot going on on the radio, for example when a car breaks down or if we choose a different strategy, but I think it’s a bit much now Me and Christian [Horner] got a chance to talk to the race director and because it was such a heated fight we went over the edge.”
Wolff acknowledges that it is not very wise to discuss with the race director, also because the pressure for Masi in this case will only increase. “It was one of the worst times of the year, because under pressure from the team bosses, the race director’s life didn’t get any easier,” the Austrian continues. “I think that team bosses should not talk directly with the race director, but that the sporting director should [van een team] must do this. I even go a step further by saying that a sporting director should not have any contact or in any case should not put pressure on the race director. They should only point out situations that the race director and his colleagues have missed. So don’t lobby or pressure.”