“We look at each and every incident on its merit” – FIA F1 race director Michael Masi is not willing to be dragged into the mind games played by Red Bull and Mercedes after the scary crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at Monza.
Daniel Ricciardo might have won after a gap of three years, but it was the championship protagonists Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton that sole the limelight, yet again.
They collided at the Rettifilo in Monza, sending the Red Bull on top of the Mercedes, with the halo saving Hamilton from a potential head-knocking injury, or worse.
Both the drivers were ushered to the stewards’ room after the race, and Verstappen was handed a three-grid penalty at Sochi for being the aggressor.
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FIA indifferent to Red Bull vs Mercedes war of words
This has led to a war of words between the two camps, but Michael Masi has chosen to remain indifferent to it, instead focusing on each incident on its merit, irrespective of the driver or team in question.
“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.
“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.”