“Michael, I’m Toto, did you see the e-mail I sent you”? “Hi Toto, sorry but I don’t look at the email during the race, I focus on it”. This is the exchange via radio between Mercedes number one Toto Wolff and the Clerk of the Course Michael Masi, who when he saw the jacket metaphorically pulled by both Christian Horner and Toto Wolff responded with great detachment from a true referee.
Horner: “It is intolerable that Wolff should go in the direction of the race”
Speaking of the arduous task that every referee or judge in any sport must have, Michael Masi stressed that what matters is to enjoy the magnificent spectacle offered by two drivers like Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton engaged in a very tight title fight . “As a regulator, you will always come out like any referee in any sporting competition – Masi said on the fact that as referees he and the commissioners will often be subject to criticism – but whatever is happening between Mercedes and Red Bull behind closed doors does not concern us. We judge what happens out there on the sports field or on the track ”.
Hamilton-Verstappen, pressure on Masi from Red Bull and Mercedes
Masi wanted to underline that the broadcasting of some radio communications must not mislead the fact that the Race Direction may have a special consideration against some teams like Mercedes and Red Bull: “There were a couple of cases there, both with Mercedes and Red Bull, where I just said ‘wait just five minutes and I’ll let you know’, which you probably haven’t heard, you’ve only heard the ones who have been. transmitted by the direction. It is normal for everyone to think about marking the territory, but from my point of view I treat everyone in the same way, I analyze what we have to do and establish priorities based on the situations “.