I don’t agree. Everything worked fine before Massi. Just certain drivers kept whinging that the rules were ‘killing racing!’ And arguably, the case of Sebastian Vettel in Canada was arguable that the rules were stifling F1 sometimes. This drive from Vettel and Ferrari was hijacked by other drivers for their own agenda; wanting to race their own brand of racing, and called for ‘let them race’ - Michael Massi changed the way we apply rules to the racing. Black flags (haha, yeah that was forgotten about quickly) eventually this became ‘let them crash’ and meant any manoeuvre that didn’t result in a crash (even if it hinges on another driver having to have their hands tied or avoid you) was fine by Massi from now on. Yet for some strange reason, they did not consistently go with this approach in Austria with Norris / Leclerc / Perez. Curious.
Anyway the point I’m making is, it is disappointing to see some might blame the FIA for how things have changed. But everything changed under him, for the worse. The teams know best, certainly better than any couch critics. And it’s almost unanimous behind the scenes that drivers and senior team personnel have lost confidence in Massi, not the FIA.
Massi hasn’t made F1 his, he has relinquished too much of what F1 is allowed to be to the drivers. They’ve been the ones running the direction of F1. That’s why he keeps changing his mind, his approach, from Brazil to Jeddah. Only because every driver but Max raised issue with Brazil T4. He had to change his approach again.
Massi is not competent at being a leader, or being in control. He caves in and pleases people -which is a trap- he played himself trying to do that because he ended up breaking his own rule book that’s supposed to lead his decisions not Team Principals and drivers. His solution to not ending a race under safety car, as expressed as preferable by the teams, was a catastrophic failure. I don’t think the teams anticipated he would solve that by breaking the regulations and making it impossible for teams to know what to do when it’s the end of a race nearly, and are sitting ducks in the lead. Massi has no spine to write rules in the book so teams know what to expect and what to base their strategies on.