Michael Masi lands first role since being axed as Formula 1 race director

Jamie Woodhouse
Michael Masi with eyes looking down at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Yas Marina December 2021.

Michael Masi with eyes looking down at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Yas Marina December 2021.

Former Formula 1 race director Michael Masi is back in work having been appointed the new chairman of the Supercars Commision.

Masi’s time in Formula 1 came to an end following the controversial conclusion to the title race in 2021, his decision-making having a direct impact on the outcome.

Ahead of the 2022 campaign Masi was removed from the race director role, the FIA putting a new structure for Race Control in place.

Masi then announced his exit from the FIA in July of 2022, stating that he would return home to Australia to be closer to his family and friends.

 

 

And it is in his native Australia where Masi has found a new position, taking up the role of chairman of the Supercars Commision following the exit of Neil Crompton.

The Supercars Commission oversees the sporting and technical rules in the Australian series.

“I view this role as continuing the amazing work already done by Neil and the Commission to lead Supercars into a brand new era with the introduction of the Gen3 Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang,” said Masi in a statement.

“I’m very proud to have been appointed to this role and look forward to working with the key stakeholders in the sport to ensure the future is an exciting one for our teams, partners, sponsors and most importantly the fans.”

Supercars CEO Shane Howard added: “I am delighted the Commission has appointed Michael to this important position for the sport.

“The role of Commission chair needs to be an independent, strong and robust leader. They need to effectively manage the Commission and its process, broker compromise where required and be a good communicator.

“Michael has worked closely and industriously with Supercars team owners, principals and stakeholders for many years and returns to Australia with vast experience and leadership which will be invaluable in guiding our sport into the future.

“I have met very few people with such an extensive understanding of the industry combined with an amazing passion. Michael will be a great successor to Neil who did such an outstanding job.

“We welcome Michael back to the pinnacle of racing here in Australia and look forward to working closely with him in his role as chair of the Commission.”

Masi’s first round in the position will be the Auckland SuperSprint, held from 10-11 September.