SPORT NEWS – Penalties present Hamilton/Verstappen clashes are shut calls – FIA’s Masi

Penalties present Hamilton/Verstappen clashes are shut calls – FIA’s Masi

The penalties handed out to Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen for the current clashes between the 2 mirror the tight margins when apportioning blame, in response to FIA race director Michael Masi.

Hamilton was handed a ten second time penalty within the British Grand Prix for the contact that resulted in Verstappen crashing at Copse, whereas Verstappen earned a three-place grid drop for the upcoming race in Russia on account of the contact that eradicated each drivers from Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix. Race officers have the facility to situation far more extreme sanctions for contact, and Masi mentioned the punishments in these two instances confirmed how tight the incidents have been.

“I believe one of many issues that we’ve usually (agreed) amongst the groups is {that a} 5 or a ten second penalty, give or take, is there or thereabouts between the 2 of them,” Masi mentioned. “You want to take a look at it on the premise of, if they’d continued, it could have been the time penalty within the race.

“Nevertheless, they didn’t, so in Silverstone you’ll be able to’t examine them in any respect. You’ve acquired two vehicles taken out in a single incident, versus one automobile taken out in one other incident – as in, they couldn’t proceed to serve a penalty (inside the race). A grid penalty, as we’ve agreed with all the groups, is what’s utilized this yr when somebody doesn’t proceed.”

Masi doesn’t imagine the extent of aggression between the 2 drivers has been getting worse, regardless of there having been two collisions within the final 5 races after quite a few near-misses earlier within the yr.

“I believe the sample of escalation is a notion for some, relying on which particular person you’re taking a look at supporting,” he mentioned. “I believe should you requested Christian (Horner), you’d in all probability get a very totally different perspective on it. I’m not going to get into the video games. We have now a really shut, thrilling championship between two incredible drivers, and that’s the half all of us must be specializing in.”

One worrying facet of the Monza crash was Verstappen’s automobile being launched on high of Hamilton’s by an apex curb on the chicane, leading to his proper rear wheel hanging the Mercedes driver. Nevertheless, Masi mentioned that the majority drivers had made a degree of making an attempt to keep away from the curb in query all through the weekend, whuch urged that it was doing its job as a deterrent.

“In that state of affairs, I believe the sausage curb works fairly effectively in that specific nook,” he mentioned. “It was a driver’s selection – you’ll be able to drive into the curb or go to the left of it, which we noticed quite a few instances over the course of the weekend. A lot of individuals in comparable conditions selected to go left of the curb by way of these little bumps, and rejoined.”

SPORT NEWS – Penalties present Hamilton/Verstappen clashes are shut calls – FIA’s Masi


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