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FIA distances itself from Mercedes and Red Bull "games" after latest row

FIA distances itself from Mercedes and Red Bull "games" after latest row

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FIA distances itself from Mercedes and Red Bull "games" after latest row

FIA distances itself from Mercedes and Red Bull "games" after latest row
Ian Parkes & Ewan Gale

FIA race director Michael Masi has distanced himself from Mercedes and Red Bull's "games" after another dramatic collision between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen clouted the inside sausage kerb at the Rettifilo in attempting to overtake his title rival, launching him on top of the Mercedes and sending both into retirement.

The Dutchman was deemed "predominantly to blame", as Hamilton had been when the two collided at Silverstone, but with multiple instances of Verstappen allegedly forcing the Mercedes off track, Toto Wolff called the move a "tactical foul".

The Mercedes team principal also warned against a pattern of escalation but Masi insisted crashes would continue to be looked at in isolation.

"I think from the FIA perspective, together with the stewards, we look at each and every incident on its merit, regardless if it is Lewis, if it is Max, if it is whoever," said Masi.

"I think the pattern of escalation is a perception for some depending on which person you are looking at supporting.

"I think if you asked Christian [Horner] you would get a completely different perspective on it.

"From that one, I am not going to get into the games. We have had a very close exciting championship between two fantastic drivers and that is the part we should all be focusing on."

FIA didn't have issue with Hamilton reversing under Verstappen

After both cars came to rest in the gravel, Hamilton was seen to be attempting to recover his car from underneath the Red Bull and reverse out of the gravel.

Asked if there was any direction from the FIA not to do so, Masi replied: "No not at all. Didn't try to stop them whatsoever.

"The team, as all those teams do, would have done it in a very safe manner.

"From the perspective we had with the CCTV, I couldn't see Lewis moving anywhere, as in the car moving out just from the angles and that, but fair credit for trying."

What do you think?
samagon

were you this critical of Lewis when he cause Max to hit the barrier at over 50G?

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Masi is useless. Max was 100% to blame. Max nearly kill Lewis. And what do we get from the race director? He's not getting involved.

That's your job! To ensure that dangerous drivers are excluded from racing events.

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samagon

were you this critical of Lewis when he cause Max to hit the barrier at over 50G?

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No, because Max was trying pinch Lewis who was already backing out after realising what Max would do. Max had plenty of room on that track but deliberately moved over. Many other drivers you can trust to give you room, but you can absolutely rely upon Max to barge you off. Look at the incident earlier in the race where Max pushed Lewis off the track.

What I did say on another site was Max got a taste of his own food. If he didn't like it, he should change the recipe. Obviously he still doesn't like it.

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Myburgh23

Stop protecting sir lewis he did the same with nico rosberg

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TorqueOfTheDeviL

Ham didn't cause the Silverstone incident, look over the entire history of both drivers who's aggressively blocked banged and taken out team mates? Oh yeah mad maxi pad! Yet the Ham haters just use every opportunity to spue there hate. Euuu imagine using a site like this to show your true colours

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No wonder you're not an FIA steward.. like Masi said, each and every incident should be looked at separately.. nothing to do with history.. and tbh imho, both are very marginal but both should have been deemed racing incidents.. and tbf, we wouldn't be talking about this at all had the sausage kerb not been there at the inside of turn 2.. it shouldn't really be there and is very dangerous.. we would instead be talking about a great 30+ lap battle had the sausage kerb not been there.. max would have run wide (or cut across the track) but they both wouldn't have crashed

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LOL FIA is a joke. HAM was 100% to blame, here and at Silverstone. The preferential treatment to Mercedes Benz is clear, unfair and tiresome. They are killing F1

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Max not even checking to see if Lewis was ok is evidence of what a low-class bully Max is. Max was 100% at fault, just like at Silverstone.

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Lewis was trying to drive away: case closed froman empathy perspective

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max IS A LOW LIFE. HE CUT SIR LEWIS HAMILTON OFF AT SILVERSTONE AND RAN INTO SIR HAMILTON AT MONZA!

SEE YOUTUBE CHANNEL F1DERFUL FOR BETTER PERSPECTIVE!

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Hamilton has rarely been a good example of fair play, instead throwing stones at his opponents only to then hide his hands, whereas Max is a fierce competitor, like Ham, and assumes his role as such.

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Both drivers in contend are excellent at doing their job

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What on earth is Max V about ?.bully boy drive that had a privileged upbringing rich boy that was a bully at school now does it on the track.nearly killed Lewis did not even go to see if he was ok .he should have at least one race ban .as for

Masi is useless. Max was 100% to blame. Max nearly kill Lewis. And what do we get from the race director? He's not getting involved.

That's your job! To ensure that dangerous drivers are excluded from racing events.

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Max wordt kampioen 2021-2022!!!!!

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Lees is een Wimp!!!

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Lewis a Wimp? ok that's your view, but not a proven fact, now we could talk about Max's family, what would you call men who beat women, repeatedly?

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Dalvid

Everyone crying about the greatest battle we've had for years, just enjoy it they aren't trying to kill each other its just hard pure racing which we've wanted for a long time....

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Masi will only get involved when Max seriously injures himself or another competitor.

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