Sebastian Vettel, Carlos Sainz, Lance Stroll and Valtteri Bottas were all called to see the commissioners after the race, and all received the same penalty.
A reprimand that has a certain meaning, because if a driver receives two further driving warnings this season, he will have to serve a penalty on the grid.
Drivers should only wear their shirts for the first part of the grid ceremonies, and take them off before the national anthem. Everyone argued that in the crowded and rainy conditions before the departure they forgot to take them off.
The decision to penalize riders for displaying messages has caused a stir on social media, but Masi is adamant that everyone knows the rules since the start of the 2021 season.
“Earlier this year we cleared up,” he said. “And following an internal discussion with the FIA and F1, we said we wanted to continue giving all the drivers a chance to have the time to actually show their support for We Race as One, but then the national anthem. of a particular country should be respected with drivers all wearing their racing suits. “
“So it was made clear that once that moment is over and the drivers have shown their message, they have to remove their shirt or whatever they were wearing and go to the national anthem in their racing uniform.”
“This is the first event that has happened since then, there were four or five riders who kept their shirts, not just Sebastian (Vettel, ed), they all received a reprimand for not following the director’s instructions. competition”.
“It was observed by a number of people, including the media delegate who was out there. Myself on television. I reported it to the commissioners, it was a violation and that’s why there was a crackdown for the first offense “.
When Motorsport.com asked him if a reprimand that could help trigger a penalty on the grid is too heavy a punishment, Masi said: “You look at all penalties based on what they are. Reprimands are the lightest penalty. in addition to the warning, which in reality is not a sanction, it is precisely a warning “.
“It’s a non-driving reprimand, so you need to have two driving and one non-driving reprimands to get to a penalty on the grid. But as an example, three non-driving reprimands don’t have that impact.”