The FIA, F1’s governing body, confirmed Michael Masi‘s departure and return to his home country of Australia to spend time with his family. “The FIA confirms that Michael Masi has decided to leave the FIA and relocate to Australia to be closer to his family and take on new challenges,” according to the statement.
Unfortunately, Michael Masi‘s position as F1’s Race Director became a hot topic during his tenure with the FIA, with many people dissatisfied with his calls and decisions. This boiled over after the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, when his calls resulted in a highly contentious season finale.
Following an investigation into last year’s season finale, Masi was fired as F1’s Race Director and told that he could be relocated to another position within the organization. Clearly, he’s ready to leave the FIA and pursue a new position in Australia, where he previously served as Deputy Race Director for V8 Supercars.