Michael Masi.....the worst PRO of all time?

In this race, by FAR the best option would have been to red flag and restart from the grid.  However, I think there is a better than 50% chance there would have been a mash up at the first corner.  The grid was laid out such that the #2 spot had the inside to the first corner.  Max would have gone for it like a pit bull on a pork chop.  Normally, Ham is the less aggressive, but in this case there's no way he'd back out, leading to yet another Ham/Max crash.  In that case, they'd be tied on points but Max wins the tie breaker with more outright wins.
I agree that Red Flag would probably have been the best call. I dont think that Max could have got to Lewis in the first corner. But we will never find out.

 

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When I heard the teams saying what penalty the were prepared to take a few races ago I knew it was fucked, private equity want drama 
Bernie was the villain forever, now the villain is private equity, both ruthless seekers of viewers and advertising dollars. Everything they did during this crazy fucked up season worked to accomplish their bottom line goals, and Masi’s call was one of those things. Sets up a much more exciting storyline for 2022 too. 
 

you folks pratting on about sporting this and fair that are sort of glossing over that the whole things is owned by financiers. If you are surprised you have not been a fan for long

 
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you folks pratting on about sporting this and fair that are sort of glossing over that the whole things is owned by financiers. If you are surprised you have not been a fan for long
"And the legendary curtains are drawn 'round Baby Bankrupt
Who sucks you while you're sleeping
It's the theater of financiers
Count them, fifty 'round a table
White and dressed to kill".  Bowie.

So essentially what you are saying, is that the whole thing was rigged by the money and all it took was one call, apparently made right at the end of the last race, to allow five and only five lapped cars through, to end the season in a one lap sprint to decide the world championship. 

 
Bernie was the villain forever, now the villain is private equity, both ruthless seekers of viewers and advertising dollars. Everything they did during this crazy fucked up season worked to accomplish their bottom line goals, and Masi’s call was one of those things. Sets up a much more exciting storyline for 2022 too. 
 

you folks pratting on about sporting this and fair that are sort of glossing over that the whole things is owned by financiers. If you are surprised you have not been a fan for long
I have been a fan for a very long time...and thanks to the good fortune of my grandfather and father being members of BRDC (British Racing Drivers Club) , I have been lucky enough to be in the paddock of 27 Grand Prix. 

- Formula One is not owned by Private Equity. It was purchased by Liberty Media (public company), who spun a minority interest out as  a separately quoted tracking stock.  I own stock .  I also part own my grandfathers 1928 four and a half litre and I have camped in my pup tent at the Tetre Rouge more times than I can remember.....so yes I'm a longstanding fan.

- I was surprised by the Masi decision. I texted to a longstanding friend "Did Masi just get a call from John Malone?" But I was kidding. I think it was just a terrible call by Masi.

 

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He might be looking for a new job.  Dont let him come near the sport of sailing as a Principal Race Officer or Race Committee chair.

I know, I know, its a sailing site. But damn it, there is no equivalent to SA in the motor racing world and I just have to vent somewhere.

I beg forgiveness from @Editor


Verstappen is a prodigious talent. But his first world championship will forever be tainted .

As a long time fan of F1 and auto racing, going into the grand finale at Abu Dhabi, I could not lose. I was either going to witness the best of a new generation of racers win his first world championship or I was going to watch as a GOAT secured a record setting 8th world championship. How could I possible be disappointed. It was going to be a thrilling duel . I was rooting for Verstappen but with the utmost respect and admiration for Hamilton. Mr. Eye was routing for Hamilton, but in awe of the verve of Verstappen. It should have been an amazing Sunday. We invited friends over, served Brunch and had chilled champagne ready to serve for the finish.

I got my thrilling duel for 48 laps, but got neither of my outcomes . Verstappen did not win his first world championship, Lewis did not set a record and the champagne remained unopened.

Instead Michael Masi polluted the outcome and the history books by arbitrarily selecting a winner . "Its motor racing" he said! It was until he artificially created a situation where with one lap to go he had allowed Max to change to a fresh set of soft tires , leaving Lewis stranded on a set of old hard tires, closed the pre-existing gap between Lewis and Max of 13 seconds down to 0,4 second, cleared out 5 cars between them , and then said "go race for one lap". No driver in the world stood a chance in the position that Masi set up for Hamilton. It was over before the last lap started. Yet nether Hamilton nor Team Mercedes had put a foot wrong. Their strategy was based upon the rules.

The Race Director (and I hope Masi never gets that job again) had 3 options, all of which would have complied with the rules:

Option #1 : Red Flag the race when it was clear that there was not time to clear Latifi's car and restart the race under a safety car. Then the race would restart from the grid, with everyone on equal tires with 3 laps to go.....or a rolling restart on equal tires. = Thrilling finish with the world champion decided in 3 last laps of heroic racing.  Hamilton has his lead pared down to the gap on the grid. Great Opportunity for Verstappen. But a level playing field. Kudos to the winner.

Option # 2. Restart from safety car for one last lap without letting any lapped cars unlap = Hamilton was previously winning the race , but Verstappen is handed a long shot last chance because the gap had been reduced to less than 2 seconds. Verstappen had a 3 second speed advantage with the new tires but 5 cars to pass .

Option # 3 Follow standard Safety Car procedure , and allow all lapped cars to unlap = No more racing and Hamilton is World Champion. No last chance for Verstappen, but Hamilton had driven a compelling race up till that point.

Mercedes obviously preferred #3 but they took the correct strategic steps for all 3 options.

Instead Masi threw the rule book and precedent out of the window and used the power of Race Director to create a fourth option which made the whole race a complete mockery of racing.

Dumb and Disappointing. Masi Must GO......MMG.

Can you imagine Peter Craig or Hank Stuart allowing a World Championship to be decided by abandoning and restarting the last race with just one upwind leg to decide it all, but allowing the boat that was second to add crew and change to new heavy air sails while the previously leading boat is stuck with a light air set up?  
Who actually gives a shit?

 

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It was 'kin brilliant.

Couldn't have written those plot twists if you wanted to.

LH caught with his pants down in the last lap.

First wheel over the line wins it, end off !!

 

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the two cars entering one corner side by side, and no consistant rules/penalties.
Hopefully, Max will work on some other passing moves for next year. This season looked like Max had one passing move:

Turn inside, straighten the wheel, then finish the turn at the very last moment... oh, was there a car outside that had to avoid me?

 

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Hopefully, Max will work on some other passing moves for next year. This season looked like Max had one passing move:

Turn inside, straighten the wheel, then finish the turn at the very last moment... oh, was there a car outside that had to avoid me?
Why would he change? He is World Champ

 

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The video by Mansel posted here or the other thread had a solid explanation of this corner strategy. It is valid - if there isn't a car outside of you.

 

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- Formula One is not owned by Private Equity. It was purchased by Liberty Media (public company), who spun a minority interest out as  a separately quoted tracking stock.  I own stock .  I also part own my grandfathers 1928 four and a half litre and I have camped in my pup tent at the Tetre Rouge more times than I can remember.....so yes I'm a longstanding fan.
Actually, it could be said that the true owner of Formula One and who mostly has the most voting control of it is John C. Malone, despite what it looks like when first looking at it. He's the equivalent of the man behind the curtain, which he prefers. Mr. Malone has the incredible talent of creating very convoluted corp. structures. You see'll many companies owning a percentage of shares of Liberty One. You'll then notice if you dig deep is that Mr. Malone owns many shares (voting rights) in those other companies as well and then he owns the most shares in the companies that are owned by those companies. He also owns many shares in the companies that are owned by Liberty Liberty. He has the voting rights in almost all the companies surrounding Liberty Media.

He has also invested more money in British media than Rubert Murdoch and is the largest land owner in the United States but he himself stays out the media limelight.

https://www.thegentlemansjournal.com/article/john-malone-everything-need-know-americas-single-largest-land-owner/

 
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