Daniel Ricciardo mentioned race director and compatriot Michael Masi wants extra assist in his function, after he got here below hearth for his title-deciding security automotive name within the 2021 season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Masi sparked controversy together with his resolution to change the security automotive process that moved solely the lapped vehicles between race main Lewis Hamilton and second-placed rival Max Verstappen out of the way in which after a late-race crash.
The resolution arrange a last-lap showdown between the 2 rivals and allowed Verstappen, on brisker tyres, to move Hamilton and deny the Briton an unprecedented eighth title.
“Potentially Michael needs a bit more support and especially now with a growing calendar,” Ricciardo instructed Reuters TV.
“We’re additionally human and also you undergo fatigue and Michael isn’t just rocking up on a Sunday, being a part of the race after which going again dwelling.
“He’s going to each observe earlier than, testing additionally for different issues whether or not it is security or no matter. So his schedule is nuts.”
Formula One ran a 22-race season in 2021 and is set for a record 23 rounds this year.
Masi, the only other high-profile Australian in the sport other than Ricciardo, stepped into the role of race director after the sudden death of the respected Charlie Whiting in 2019.
Apart from running the on-track sessions, his job includes safety-related responsibilities like track inspections and visits to new circuits to sign off on their layout.
The sport’s governing FIA is conducting an investigation into the Abu Dhabi finale whose outcome will be put before a meeting of the Formula One commission on Monday.
Final decisions are expected to be announced at the World Motor Sport Council on March 18, the same day as Friday’s first practice session for the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.
Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel on Thursday said he hoped Masi, whose future is in question, would stay.
Ricciardo acknowledged the pressure Masi was under, with the Australian having also to cope with lobbying over the team radio from Mercedes boss Toto Wolff and his Red Bull rival Christian Horner.
“I think there’s enough pressure on us as drivers and we’re happy to take the pressure but there’s definitely some personnel in the sport that aren’t used to the pressure or don’t maybe ask for that pressure.
“So then to make huge choices with that could be a bit overseas for them as nicely.”