Red Bull boss Christian Horner has accused Mercedes of being the biggest culprits for removing Michael Masi from the position of FIA race director. Masi's future proved to be the main point of conversation during the off-season, after controversial decision-making in the final stages of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year.
Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton felt the driver's title had been unfairly taken away, with Silver Arrow boss Toto Wolff pressuring the FIA to make changes. After all, a new structure has been established in which the Australian has been removed from the position of race director, which is why Horner believes it is unfair.
“Was it right to fire him based on the pressure exerted on him by a rival team? That was wrong for me. This is tantamount to harassment. It is passively aggresive, ”Horner said. “Yes, Michael was wrong and it was frustrating, but you have to look at the role he was in and the tools he had at his disposal.
You can't just blame Michael. It is unfair to do so. “We have been hit by many of Michael’s mistakes, but he is in a high role in the sport under a lot of pressure,” he added. Thanks to broadcasting messages with the director of the race in the 2021 season, Red Bull and Mercedes also attracted a lot of attention to themselves as they lobbied with Masi during the final stages of the race in Abu Dhabi.
Broadcasting of these communications will no longer be heard in the upcoming season, but the head of the Austrian team does not agree with this. But as for the exchanges in Abu Dhabi, he again named Mercedes as the main culprit.
“You have to report the facts. Who first called Michael? It wasn't me. I only respond to the pressure that is being put on him and that I can hear in my ear from the rival team. It is my job as the head of the team I represent to defend him, ”he continued.
Horner on social networks problems
Horner previously revealed that he sent a message to Massi after the FIA decided to remove him from the post of race director, and also expressed disappointment that only Red Bull out of 10 grid teams spoke in favor of Massi.
Meanwhile, the reactions Massi received through social media were unforgivable for Horner because death threats could not be justified. “What is unforgivable is trolling, online abuse, death threats he and his family had.
This can absolutely not be justified in any way, "said the Briton. "It has nothing to do with sports. It is simply harassment and I would not accept it in any way within our organization. That's why I stood up for Michael because I thought he had no support.
" "He did not have any support. I will always stand up for someone who is being bullied. Harassment is not acceptable, ”Horner concluded.