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Horner: Decision to remove Masi “harsh”

DOHA, QATAR – NOVEMBER 20: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks in the Paddock during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Qatar at Losail International Circuit on November 20, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images). Credits: Red Bull Content Pool.

Christian Horner questions the decision to fire Michael Masi ahead of the 2022 Formula 1 season.

The FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem revealed changes in the F1 race control structure last week. He confirmed that Masi would not be the FIA race director and would be replaced by Eduardo Freitas and Niels Wittich. Furthermore, the Virtual Race Control Room would be introduced.

Horner welcomed the decision to add the video assistant but disagreed with the verdict regarding Masi.

“It’s a difficult one. It’s the FIA’s business. I think it is harsh; I think he [Masi] was in a very difficult position last year,” the Red Bull Racing team principal told talkSPORT.

“When you look at what he has at his disposal in terms of resource, compared to what the teams have, it’s such a massive difference.

“It’s good to hear they are bringing in things like the VAR equivalent and one of the most experienced guys in Herbie Blash.

“I just think there was so much pressure put on the removal of Michael and that’s not right. That’s my personal feeling.”

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