"With Nikita's penalty, it was not so much the number of blue flags that were ignored, it was more so the incident that was shown on the broadcast with Sergio at turn three and the near-collision that was caused under blue flags," said Masi.
"So it wasn't actually for the number of panels, it was more for not getting out of the way at the earliest opportunity and nearly causing an incident as a result."
On that occasion, however, no action was taken, with Masi pointing to a lack of a complaint from Williams.
"The team didn't actually bring it to my attention," added Masi.
"Normally if there is someone that is impeded - and there were a couple of requests to review matters during qualifying - we need to remember there is impeding and there is unnecessarily impeding which is what is highlighted in the sporting regulations. '
"Regarding this incident, Williams did not bring this to race control's attention at all."
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