Michael Masi. Pic: Motorsport Australia

MICHAEL Masi’s removal as Formula 1 race director in the wake of last year’s controversial title decider in Abu Dhabi headlines this week’s Castrol Motorsport News Podcast.

Host Andrew van Leeuwen and V8 Sleuth’s Stefan Bartholomaeus look at the raft of changes being made by the FIA and debate whether Masi is a scapegoat in a broken system.

Closer to home, the boys run their eyes over the good, bad and ugly from Supercars’ frantic livery launch season and the big problem with this year’s pre-season tests.

They also discuss driver pairings at Walkinshaw Andretti United, the latest Gen3 testing delay and why Tim Slade could be this year’s ultimate dark horse.

There’s plenty more news headlines from around the world too, plus the Motorsport News Mailbag and the Castrol Stars of the Week.

Listen to the episode in the player below or on your favourite podcast platform

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