Masi recounts death threats and insults received after Abu Dhabi 2021

Michael Masi recently left the FIA, having been removed from his role as race director last year, following the Abu Dhabi 2021 fiasco. him, of his mistake of Abu Dhabi 2021.

Masi has indeed revealed to have received hundreds of abusive and threatening messages, the type of abuse on online platforms that F1 has promised to combat with its new campaign.

“Fortunately, I don’t have an Instagram or Twitter account” Masi told News Corp. “I don’t have any of that. Being old school, I do have Facebook though, which I used to keep in touch with my family and friends. I opened my messages that night to take some their news.”

“I had no idea that I could receive from people I did not know. But I was wrong. I was confronted with hundreds of messages. I would not say thousands but certainly hundreds. And they were shocking. Racist, abusive, despicable, they called me names.”

“And there were death threats. People were saying they were going to come after me and my family. And they kept coming. Not just on my Facebook but also on my LinkedIn, which is supposed to be a professional platform for business. It was the same kind of name-calling.”

Masi experienced paranoia and depression

Masi reveals that he then fell into a state of mind bordering on paranoia: “I thought about ignoring it and moving on, because I knew it could take me to a very dark place. I tried to mentally isolate myself, and I thought I’d get there.”

“I mostly kept it all to myself. I told a few people about it, but not many. I didn’t want to worry my family and friends. I didn’t want them to worry too. The FIA ​​was aware but I think I minimized all of this to everyone, including them.”

“Walking down the street in London a day or two later I thought I was fine until I started looking over my shoulder. I was looking at people wondering if they were going to tackle.”

What followed was a depression for Masi, who regrets not being accompanied: “I didn’t want to speak to anyone, not even my family or my friends. I only spoke to my immediate family, but very briefly.”

“I also lost my appetite. I heard that some people get bulimic at those times, but I didn’t eat much. It had a physical impact, but it was more mental.”

“I didn’t go talk to a professional. In hindsight, I probably should have. I should have gone talk to someone. That said, I had amazing people around me who could see it. and who followed me on a daily basis. I was very lucky to have this support network.”

Definitely turn the page on F1

Now Masi has returned to his native Australia to rebuild, and to bounce back, as he no longer has a connection to the FIA. He doesn’t yet know what his future holds, but he wants to put everything he has learned working in F1 to good use.

“All of this experience has made me a much stronger person. I have a number of great options for the future. I’m considering a number of different projects, both domestically and internationally.”

“I intend to base myself outside of Australia and use all the skills I have acquired during what has been an incredible journey so far and for which I am extremely proud and grateful. .”

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