Michael Masi lost his role as F1 Race Director after the controversial outcome of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that saw Lewis Hamilton miss out on the title.
Lewis Hamilton has branded reports that he would not welcome a return for Michael Masi as Race Director as “inaccurate” as he added: “I’ve not given it any thought.”
A report by the Daily Mail claimed that the seven-time Formula 1 World Champion “reacted angrily” and was “astonished” by the news that Masi’s career in F1 may not be over.
Masi was removed from his position by the FIA after the controversial events of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Speaking media outlets, FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem said: “We have Niels [Wittich] and Eduardo [de Freitas], they are good, but what if something happens to either of them?”
Hamilton says reports he is angry are inaccurate
Breaking his silence on the matter, Hamilton says he has not given the prospect of a Masi return any thought and has described claims that he reacted to the news with anger as “inaccurate”.
“I only heard of that story a couple of days ago,” he said, speaking to select members of the media, including RacingNews365.com.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone and, particularly, I’ve actually not done an interview for that newspaper for at least probably ten years, something like that. So it’s inaccurate, as most of their stories.”
“I don’t really have a particular feeling about it,” he continued. “I don’t know what Mohammed has said, I’ve not read his story, I don’t know what his agenda is.”