The 2021 British Grand Prix will certainly be remembered as a watershed point in the duel between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. What happened on the first lap, at the Copse corner, will leave inevitable aftermath from a sporting point of view.
A few hours after the end of the race, F1 race director Michael Masi spoke about what had happened and, more specifically, about the action taken by the race marshals against Lewis Hamilton.
We are talking about the 10 “penalty inflicted on the 7-time world champion following the collision between Hamilton and Verstappen at the Copse.” I don’t know if the race marshals have expressed an opinion on what Lewis should have done, but I think that having examined everything, their point of view was that it was mainly his fault. “
“I didn’t have the opportunity to fully read the provision, because I had to do a lot of other things, but for the most part it was similar to what happened with Leclerc at the end of the race.”
At this point, Masi went into more detail and pointed out that Hamilton received the penalty for being very far from the curb and behind the Dutchman’s Red Bull.
“With Leclerc, Hamilton was able to stay close to the curb, which he was unable to do with Verstappen and I think that was the reason for the measure against Hamilton.”
“Lewis was not seen as the sole culprit, but as the main culprit because he could have stayed closer to the curb and been further ahead than where he was at the time of contact. If he had done so, perhaps he could have changed the outcome of that curve. But we don’t know. We judge what happened. “
The reasons for the red flag
The F1 race director also explained the choice to display the red flag after the accident of the Dutch Red Bull. Live it seemed rather difficult to understand the slowness of the commissioners in removing the RB16 number 33, but Masi’s explanation also clarified in this regard.
“The red flag was basically exposed to repair the barrier, the main part. So there were 2 elements. One was the accident of Max, who lost the telemetry data because it was very strong. Neither the FIA, nor could the team confirm the ERC status. So, even though the light was green, we worked with a very cautious approach to get the driver out and recover the car. “
“Then, after that, there was the obvious repair of the barriers that had to be done. So the red flag was a benefit to everyone. In the end, it was the perfect tool for that circumstance.”