Michael Masi joins Supercars Commission after F1 exit

Australian replaces Neil Crompton as independent chair, having left FIA in July.
  • Masi was removed as F1 race director in February following last season’s controversial Abu Dhabi GP
  • He returns to Supercars having previously served as deputy race director

Former Formula One race director Michael Masi has been appointed as the new independent chair of the Supercars Commission.

The Australian takes over from Neil Crompton effective immediately, returning to the touring car series where he served as deputy race director between 2016 and 2019.

Masi was appointed by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) as deputy race director in 2018, combining this with his Supercars role until his promotion to Formula One race director in 2019 following the passing of Charlie Whiting.

Masi was axed as the global motorsport series’ race director in February following an FIA restructure in the aftermath of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Australian was accused of manipulating the rules, allowing Max Verstappen the chance to beat Lewis Hamilton for the drivers’ title. Masi then quit the FIA in July.

“I am delighted the commission has appointed Michael to this important position for the sport,” said Supercars chief executive Shane Howard.

“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.”

Masi added: “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.

“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.”

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