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Death threats and abuse: Masi speaks out after leaving F1 – Formula 1 News

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Michael Masi was sacked as Formula 1 race director following the occasions of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Seven months later, he formally left the FIA ​​(Federation Internationale de Automobilismo). It’s clearly been a troublesome time for the Australian, after all of the controversy surrounding champion Max Verstappen, who gave an interview for the primary time to set out precisely what occurred all this time.

“I’ve had some darkish days. And I felt like essentially the most hated man on this planet. I obtained demise threats, individuals saying they’d come after me and my household. I nonetheless bear in mind strolling round London a day or two after it occurred. I assumed I used to be tremendous, however I began wanting again consistently. I stored taking a look at individuals, questioning if they’d acknowledge me and come in search of me,” mentioned Masi Daily Telegraph.

“I used to be in entrance of a whole bunch of messages. They have been superb. Racist, abusive, vile – I used to be referred to as each potential title. And, after all, demise threats. The messages stored coming. Not solely on my Facebook, but additionally on my LinkedIn – the supposed skilled, enterprise platform. It was the identical type of abuse.’

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