Mercedes boss Toto Wolff couldn’t resist taking another swipe at former race director Michael Masi ahead of this weekend’s F1 finale in Abu Dhabi.
Masi was responsible for the controversial 2021 Abu Dhabi title decider between Hamilton and Verstappen, where Verstappen passed Hamilton due to Masi’s incorrect application of the Safety Car rules. Verstappen ultimately won his first championship, while Hamilton was denied his eighth. Masi was removed from his position due to the “human error” and replaced by Wittich for the 2022 season. Wolff, the Mercedes team principal, referred to the controversy after the Las Vegas Grand Prix, expressing satisfaction with having a “proper race director” for their battle with Ferrari. Wolff also revealed that his motivation to deliver Hamilton the eighth title is fueled by “personal anger” because he believes Hamilton should have already achieved it. These criticisms from Wolff are just one part of a series of digs he has aimed at Masi.