Who is Michael Masi? The Aussie F1 race director admitted he was ‘thrown in the deep end’ when given the top job two years ago… now he’s accused of ‘stealing’ the world title from Lewis Hamilton

The eyes of the world were firmly focused on Formula One on Sunday afternoon, and even more so on race director Michael Masi after a hugely controversial end to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. But who is race director Masi and what happened that was so contentious? Here, Sportsmail takes a look… Until the latter stages of the race, Masi and his team at the FIA will have been happy with how the race was unfolding. On that one, it’s a ‘watch this space’ situation, but Masi is certainly in the spotlight. Of course, there’s a sense of irony in that today, given that things were far from smooth at the weekend. At the same time, he was deputy to F1 race director Charlie Whiting. Of course, Saudi Arabia in the penultimate race of this season is still at the forefront of people’s minds, in which Masi courted controversy in the way he dealt with a series of incidents between Verstappen and Hamilton.

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