Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has defended Formula One race director Michael Masi, after his controversial call decided Max Verstappen as the winner of the 2021 season over Lewis Hamilton.
“For Michael, it has been a pity,” said Vettel, speaking at the launch of Aston Martin’s car for the 2022 season.
“There are two interests clashing — one is the sport and the other is the show. I don’t care so much about the show because what I look at is a sport and from a competitive point of view.”
The 34-year-old German added: “Michael has been very focused and determined to do a good job. I don’t know what is in store for his future but I hope he sticks around because overall he has done a very good job.
“There was a lot of controversy surrounding the last race but that shouldn’t be, because if you look at the bigger picture he has done really well.
“The main thing moving forward is that there is clarity in these situations so no further questions are asked.”
Hamilton still believes that the decision was manipulated and has appealed against it in front of the relevant authorities.
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