Mercedes 'agree FIA deal to sack Michael Masi' to avoid Lewis Hamilton taking sabbatical

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Mercedes had reportedly dropped their appeal over the result of the controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after ‘agreeing a quid pro quo’ that would see Michael Masi and another senior ranking FIA official sacked. There is still anger and frustration from Mercedes over what happened in the season finale last month, which saw Max Verstappen pip Lewis Hamilton to the title in dramatic circumstances.

Masi was at the centre of it all with some controversial decisions which opened the door for Verstappen to overtake Hamilton on the final lap.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was incensed and marched off to his offices to lodge an appeal to the FIA.

After hours of discussions, it is claimed by BBC Sport that Mercedes decided to drop their appeal with an agreement in place which would see Masi and single-seater technical matters Nikolas Tombazis sacked ahead of the 2022 season.

Mercedes are said to deny any such deal was reached and instead want “appropriate action” to be taken by the FIA.

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