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Michael Masi has been forced to deny reports he’d secured a return to motorsport after leaving the FIA and returnung to Australia. It was claimed he had taken on the role of Chairman of the Supercars Commission in Australia.
This is the organisation where he’d worked as deputy race director prior to joining F1. The 44-year-old would have taken over the role of Chairman of the Supercars Commission from lead commentator Neil Crompton.
But Speedcafe.com have reported that Masi has in fact denied these rumours, but he has been offered several new job opportunities. “Really?” he said when asked about the role. “They’re only rumours.”
“There’s a number of things that have come up from all corners of the globe,” he added. “There’s been a number of things that have popped up out of the woodwork, and I’m in not in a rush to confirm anything on any of them.
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“Some a surprise, some not so much of a surprise, but equally, we’ll just continue to evaluate all the bits and pieces that are popping up, and there is plenty. I’ve had a number of offers from all corners of the globe and there’s a number of exciting opportunities that have come about.”
Masi revealed he was sent “hundreds” of messages in the wake of the 2021 Abu Dhabi drama but only told a few people of the issue as he didn’t want to worry anyone. Speaking to Australia’s Daily Telegraph, Masi said: “Thankfully, I don‘t have an Instagram account or Twitter. I don’t have any of that.
“Being old-school I do however have Facebook, which I used to stay in touch with family and friends. I opened my messages that night to check in with them. I had no idea that I could receive them from people I did not know.
“But I was wrong. I was confronted with hundreds of messages. I wouldn’t say thousands but certainly hundreds. And they were shocking. Racist, abusive, vile, they called me every name under the sun. And there were death threats. People saying, they were going to come after me and my family.
“And they kept on coming. Not just on my Facebook but also on my LinkedIn, which is supposed to be a professional platform for business. It was the same type of abuse.” The FIA acknowledged Masi made a human error in his decision to call the safety car in with one lap remaining at the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which ultimately cost Lewis Hamiton the championship. He was replaced as race director by Eduardo Freitas and Niels Wittich ahead of the new season before choosing to leave the FIA altogether last month.
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