Old driver for Ferrari and McLaren and 24 hours Le Mans winner for Porsche, Stefan Johanssonbelieve FIA’s decided to fire the race director Michael Masi, according to his controversial call in Abu Dhabi 2021, is ‘true’ and people with mixed feelings about this are based on their personal relationship with the former director. He believes that people should view Michael Masi’s work objectively since he took on the role. Stefan Johansson speak, “It was a definite response and I think it’s the right thing to do. I think it’s a positive sign from the new FIA leadership (FIA president, Mohammed Ben Sulayem) that they are not afraid to make tough decisions where they need to be. ”
Last month, after a detailed analysis of the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP, the FIA announced a number of changes in F1. The issues that stand out are the removal of Michael Masi as race director and the appointment Eduardo Freitas and Niels Wittich as the rotating race director. And the other thing is to set up a virtual race room to support the race directors.
Stefan also criticized the latest addition to the race calendar – the Saudi Arabia GP. He reasoned the complement by saying, “It’s one of the fastest runs on the calendar and it’s basically a street with lots of hidden corners. It doesn’t make any sense, especially when you start with a clean sheet. ”
What does Stefan think of Michael Masi’s replacement?
Stefan has had an extensive racing career and has worked with a number of people and race directors. The driver has worked with Eduardo Freitas in the past, as Freitas himself is a veteran director of the World Endurance Championships (Le Mans).
Stefan has a positive outlook on new hires and says, “I have done countless races with Freitas and he is very good. I can’t really recall any controversy over any of his decisions. He was very clear in driver meetings, as a driver you understand very clearly what you can and cannot do before the race starts. He got the job done and I think he’s a very good choice. Hopefully that will change a lot of things in the way the track works.”
Stefan is also impressed with the new FIA leadership, ie Mohammed Ben Sulayem, as the latter has taken some quick and important steps to improve the FIA and motorsport in general. It remains to be seen how the new directors perform as there is a hill of expectations on their shoulders.
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