The Australian Grand Prix podcast In the Fast Lane has released its latest episode featuring FIA Formula 1® Race Director & Safety Delegate Michael Masi.
Masi joins In the Fast Lane co-hosts Matt Clayton and Michael Lamonato to reflect on a chaotic three years in the job, discuss the biggest misconceptions about his role and talk about the revamped Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, set to host the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix 2022.
The thing that surprised Masi most when starting the role three years ago was that despite the public perception of competition, everyone works together to make the sport the best it can be.
“It started ramping up slowly, with each event I was there and each event that they were getting to know me, once we hit the European season with Barcelona that year, grace was well and truly over and it was gloves off,” Masi said.
“Everyone sees the public perspective of it is a huge fight, they are fighting for sheep’s stations effectively but behind the scenes it is very much working together and pulling together… everyone would be amazed to see that everyone is pulling in the same direction and working together to achieve what is best for the sport,” he continued.
Masi played a key role is the design process of the new Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit and is looking forward to seeing the latest racing spectacle.
“It’s been a hugely thorough process and quite extensive overall, but I think the big part will be that the changes that have come about have been to improve the racing overall so cars can follow each other closer and improve that racing spectacle,”
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