Red Bull boss Christian Horner has criticised Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton after the ‘harsh’ decision the FIA made to sack Michael Masi in his role as Race Director.
Masi was at the forefront of controversy in the December 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix when he allowed a one-lap shootout between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton following the deployment of a safety car.
And after Mercedes demanded structural changes at the FIA, Horner has slammed his rivals in a recent interview with talkSPORT:
“It’s a difficult one. It’s the FIA’s business.
“I think it’s harsh. He was in a very difficult position last year, but we think a lot of decisions went against us.
“When you look at what he (Hamilton) has at his disposal in terms of resources compared to what the teams have it’s such a massive, massive difference.
“It’s good to hear they’re bringing in a VAR equivalent and an experienced name in Herbie Blash. There was so much pressure put on the removal of Michael – that’s not right and that’s my personal feeling.
“He didn’t do anything wrong in accordance with the rules.
“It’s a bit of a smokescreen because if you look back at that race, Mercedes had two opportunities to pit.
“There was a virtual safety car and a safety car and the driver was looking to pit on both occasions and they left him out and that’s what exposed him at the end of the race.
“We got it right on the day – it’s small margins.”