At Silverstone, Hamilton received a 10-second penalty for taking Verstappen out of the British Grand Prix, albeit shrugging off the punishment to win his home race for a record eighth time.
"One of the things we have generally agreed amongst the teams is that a five- or a 10-second penalty, give or take, is there or thereabouts between the two of them," explained Masi.
"You need to look at it on the basis of if they had continued, it would have been a time penalty in the race. However, they didn't.
"With Silverstone, you can't compare them at all. You have got two cars taken out in one incident versus one car taken out in another incident, as in they stopped so they could not continue to serve a penalty, is what I am trying to explain.
"A grid penalty, as we have seen, as we have agreed with all of the teams, is what is applied this year for when someone doesn't continue."
FIA reiterates stance of reviewing incidents on "merit"
The collision meant Verstappen left a circuit deemed to be a Mercedes stronghold with his championship lead intact.
Masi reiterated, however, the FIA was not concerned about the consequences of particular incidents.
"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," he added.
What do you think?
The two incidents aren't comparable either.
In Silverstone Max swerved left blocking Lewis from going around the outside. If Lewis had continued he'd have mounted the back of the Red Bull, instead he went to the inside and was backing out to avoid Max when Max again moved over on him. Max got a taste of his own food, and he didn't like it.
Now Max is complaining of not having space left for him when clearly it was Lewis's corner in Monza. So he just rammed Lewis. He could have backed out, but no, he deliberately rammed Lewis.
Quite simply the FIA have been absent with Max. We all know he crashes, we know he barges other drivers off the track in a non-contact sport. Yet the FIA are too afraid to tackle his dangerous driving because Red Bull have too much power.
Masi needs to realise that Lewis's life was only saved by the Halo. FIA needs to deal with Max's dangerous driving with race bans. They gave Grosjean a race ban for less, much less.
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