Toto Wolff has no interest in talking to FIA Race Director Michael Masi



Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has said he has no desire to speak to FIA race director Michael Masi, saying his values ​​and sense of integrity are not “compatible “with the decisions taken by Masi during the title determining the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi.

Masi’s role in Max Verstappen’s championship victory over Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is at the center of one of the biggest controversies in Formula 1 history.

The FIA ​​race director ignored aspects of the F1 safety car restart procedure to ensure the title was decided by one last lap of the race rather than behind the safety car. The decision gave Verstappen the opportunity to catch up and pass Hamilton, which he managed to do on the final lap to secure the championship.

Mercedes protested against the FIA’s management of the race, but its argument was rejected by the race stewards. The team then filed their intention to appeal, which they ultimately withdrew on Thursday in the hope they could hold the FIA ​​to account without taking the governing body to court.

But speaking after Mercedes withdrew its appeal, Wolff said he would work with the FIA ​​and their plan to investigate the final laps, but had no desire to discuss the situation directly with Masi.

“I’m not interested in having a conversation with Michael Masi,” Wolff said. “The decisions that were made in the final four minutes of the race took Lewis Hamilton out of a deserved world championship.

“His driving the last four races was particularly flawless. He had a considerable lead in Abu Dhabi on Sunday from the start. He won the start and he’s never given up the lead again.

“And stealing it in the last lap of the race is unacceptable. That’s why from a personal point of view, from a professional point of view, I cannot … my values, my sense of l integrity, are just not consistent with the decisions that were made on Sunday.

“And it’s up to the FIA ​​to decide in the future how these decisions, how these situations can be avoided. I would have been quite okay with Max and Red Bull winning the championship on Sunday, and this situation doesn’t he has nothing to do with Max, he’s a worthy champion, his driving is exceptional, and the Red Bulls are fierce competitors, and I have the greatest respect for the people who work there.

“It has nothing to do with them. But I would love to sit here and avoid all this talk and the damage that has been done to the sport by an unfair decision making on Sunday. The FIA ​​has to decide how they are go ahead.

“We have had a good dialogue with the FIA ​​in recent days, the commission is in place [to investigate what happened] and I am confident that we will formulate with other teams the right decisions and actions to avoid such a scenario in the future. “

When asked what he expects from the FIA ​​investigation, Wolff added: “I expect the committee to come up with not just words but actions, and we will hold them accountable for actions, because we cannot continue in a sport which is supposed to be sport followed by entertainment and not the other way around where we are held to ransom by ad hoc decisions in any field – whether technical or sporting.

“Therefore, clear measures must be put in place before the start of the season so that every driver, team and fans know what is happening and what is not.”

Wolff was also asked if he thought Masi should be replaced as race director.

“It’s not just a decision to change the race director, the whole decision-making system needs to be improved,” he said. “As I said before, I think the clerk of the course is certainly under a lot of pressure and that is partly due to our own faults.

“I would have liked a more consistent decision-making that would have avoided a lot of controversy throughout the year, but the last one was just a decision that had the biggest impact. From a sporting standpoint. , she had a catastrophic impact because she decided the world championship.

“You can tell that the whole season has been going back and forth and sometimes we were on the receiving side and sometimes we were luckier, but I have confidence that all of us together, the teams, the drivers and the FIA ​​and sport, can reorganize the way decisions are made and make sport stronger. “



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