Michael Masi

Michael Masi is an Australian sports executive, he was the Formula 1 race director from 2019 to 2021. Masi began his career volunteering for Super Touring teams while still at school. He was subsequently appointed deputy director of Australian Supercars and general manager of Rally Australia. In 2018 he was appointed deputy race director of Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula 3. Masi alternated in this role in the various Grands Prix with Scott Elkins, who would become race director of Formula E and the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. On 14 March 2019 Charlie Whiting suddenly passed away at the age of 66 and Masi replaced him until the end of the 2019 season.

He was confirmed in the role of race director also for the 2020 and 2021 world championships. For the 2022 season, following controversy over his decisions at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, he is replaced by Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas, who will alternate at each Grand Prix. Many of Masi's decisions as race director have been the subject of controversy from riders, teams and the media. On 17 February 2022, the new FIA president, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, announced that Masi was removed from office, appointing Eduardo Freitas and Niels Wittich as race directors, assisted by Herbie Blash, who was appointed as permanent special advisor.