Toto Wolff continues Michael Masi feud with frosty FIA answer after Hamilton appeal ends

Max Verstappen prevails in world title shoot-out

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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has slammed Michael Masi over his handling of Sunday’s decisive Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in a scathing attack on the under-fire FIA race director. Masi has been widely criticised over the events that unfolded during the closing stages of the race, with Lewis Hamilton losing out on Drivers’ Championship glory under controversial circumstances at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Max Verstappen managed to pass the 36-year-old during a final-lap shootout for victory after a late safety car period following Nicholas Latifi’s brush with the barriers.

Masi initially declared that lapped cars would not be allowed to unlap themselves under the safety car before overturning his decision just moments before the green flags were waved for one final racing lap.

Wolff was visibly furious during the latter stages of the contest, pleading with Masi to declare the result from the penultimate lap after the end of the race.

Mercedes went on to see two post-race protests rejected before declaring their intention to officially appeal the outcome shortly afterwards.

However, it was announced on Thursday morning that the Silver Arrows would be dropping their bid to dispute the result after receiving assurances from the FIA that a thorough analysis of the last few laps would be conducted to prevent a future repeat.

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Wolff explained his frustrations in a press conference shortly afterwards, with the Mercedes boss tearing into Masi’s performance from the control room in no uncertain terms.

“I am not interested in having a conversation with Michael Masi,” the 49-year-old told reporters when quizzed on whether he had discussed Sunday’s events with the race director in private.

“The FIA needs to decide if they are going to bother going forwards.”

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