FIA Race Director Masi Contradicts Lewis Hamilton’s Recent Disagreement Over the F1 Rules

Published 11/25/2021, 2:05 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 20, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is interviewed after finishing first place in qualifying REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool


The 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix was a weekend of controversies. It eventually triggered a spat between the FIA and Mercedes F1 team. Of course, it all started with Max Verstappen’s breach of parc ferme rules, which was then superseded by the disqualification of Lewis Hamilton from the qualifying session.

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However, while we all thought the worst was over, the FIA said otherwise. The main race witnessed Verstappen pull off an aggressive defense against Hamilton around turn 4, as they battled for the lead. The Dutchman forced Hamilton off the track, which the stewards soon noted.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in pole position as Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton who qualified in second place, walks by REUTERS/Brian Snyder

But, to everyone’s surprise, Verstappen was let off. Mercedes’s eventual protest over the decision barely reached the stage of consideration as it lacked any new evidence. Then arrived the disagreement between Hamilton and Verstappen.

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While the latter acknowledged that the FIA’s rules are clear enough, the former reckoned they aren’t. Here’s Michael Masi, the race director, responding to the 7-time world champion’s claim.

Masi counters the Lewis Hamilton claim

As reported by Planet F1, Masi felt that the rules are indeed clear and reckoned there are bound to be a fair share of agreements and disagreements among the drivers.

I think it’s been made clear to them what is expected,” he told reporters following the Qatar Grand Prix. “I think some of them agree, some of them disagree. That’s always with each and every one of them, they have agreed and disagreed all the way through.

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Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action at the start of the race REUTERS/Mike Blake

We’ve given them some overall guidance, but also been very clear on the fact that each and every case will be judged on its merits,” the FIA race director concluded.

The title rivalry is boiling up at the moment. This means that there is no guarantee that the FIA will have a relaxed couple of weekends. Verstappen and Hamilton could well return to the controversial headlines and are likely to be a handful for the stewards in Jeddah and Abu Dhabi.

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So, are we in for an exhilarating end to the season with the title contenders battling their way to the very chequered flag of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix? Well, we’ll know soon enough.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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