The FIA announced in February that Masi had been replaced as F1 race director following the controversy over his handling of the championship-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The governing body of motorsport then confirmed earlier this week Masi had decided to leave and would return to his family in Australia.
In a statement published Speedcafe Masi explained his reasons for leaving but did not address the controversy which overshadowed last year’s title-deciding race.
“It has been a pleasure and honour representing the FIA as the single-seater sporting director and FIA Formula 1 race director and safety delegate since Charlie [Whiting’s] unexpected and tragic passing in Melbourne 2019,” said Masi.
“I am proud to have worked in partnership for many years with the various FIA member clubs, Formula 1 Group, the competitors, promoters and circuit operators and my colleagues and team internally at the FIA. I will always treasure these lifelong relationships and friendships that I have developed throughout my journey to date.”
Directly-dyed carbon fibre could be solution to livery paint weight-saving
A type of composite resin that contains dye could be a solution to Formula 1 team’s current paint-stripping attempts to save weight.
Hypetex’s water-based resin allows colour to be worked directly into carbon fibre (or other materials like flax composites) and so doesn’t require paint or a vinyl covering over the top.
Asked by RaceFans, Hypetex said there was no weight difference between composites using its resin and conventionally-coloured carbon fibre.
If no decision has yet been taken, it will be imminent, with the contract between the Grand Prix and F1 ending this year, also recalled Willy Borsus. He reiterated his conviction that Spa, a circuit highly appreciated by the drivers, 'still has a future in F1'.
Early into the current season, and with that new IndyCar title in hand, rumblings were heard about Palou wanting to re-do his contract and receive a bump in pay to reflect his new status as a champion. Such a request is not uncommon in other sports where young and high-calibre players seek revised contracts that include increased compensation which speak to the greater value they represent to the organization.