Without doubt, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix de F1 left a lot for analysis. Not only because the sanctions you received Max Verstappen (Redbull), but also by the performance of Michael Massi, career director of the International Automobile Federation.
One of the measures that the Australian manager was questioned was when he "offered" to Red Bull Verstappen behind the Englishman Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) in the third start after the incident they starred in in the second game.
As the responsibility of what happened was of the Dutch, Masi considered that in the new start he should be behind the multiple champion. In his radio dialogue with the Austrian team he used the word "offer", something that did not go down well with those who heard the dialogue on the TV broadcast when they interpreted that he was "negotiating" the sanction with the team led by Christian horner.
Ross Brawn, sporting director of Formula 1, took advantage of the column he made for the F.1 website to support Masi and clarify the situation. “Michael dealt with the race pragmatically. The situation with Max and Lewis at the second start is something that happens many times during a race. If a driver throws someone out or defends himself unfairly, the race director asks the team to return the position "Brawn explained.
“Some people came to think that Michael was negotiating with them, but he was not. It's something simple, either you accept what the race director tells you or the matter goes to the stewards ", he clarified.
Regarding the Saudi GP, the director of the Máxima affirmed that it was "complicated", just like the weekend. “We have had many challenges at this circuit, both for the FIA and for the teams. We have worked together to carry out this event and it has been a success ”, he asserted.
Finally, he predicted that the outcome of the tournament in the Abu Dhabi GP It will be vibrant, in part because of the modified layout. “The new circuit is going to be one more challenge for the drivers and I feel they will enjoy it more as well. The simulations we have done say that it is a better track with more overtaking opportunities. Next Sunday is going to be very exciting ”, said.