After what happened during the 2021 season and more specifically in the recent Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, many are wondering whether or not there is a concrete possibility that the most exciting world championship in recent decades will be decided by an accident on the track between the two. rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. The final finish on equal points – or the current ranking situation – would in fact reward the Dutchman of Red Bull, capable of winning nine wins against the eight of the most experienced opponent. The Race Direction has hinted that it has no intention of letting go in the event of a decisive collision for the title, and will make it clear in the meeting with the riders scheduled for Friday in Yas Marina.
It was to reveal it Michael Masi, in a long interview granted to Daily Mail, which starts from the possibility of an accident between the protagonists of the championship: “I cannot control their actions, only they can. But the regulations allow us to inflict penalties, whether they are time or on the starting grid. Furthermore, the International Sporting Code allows Commissioners to disqualify a driver or deprive him of points in the championship. So yeah, Max might have points deducted, he like any other team. We clearly hope it is not necessary, but it is one of the tools available. I will remind the teams and the riders all of this “. The 42-year-old Australian highlighted how complex it is to decide what and how to sanction during race weekends: “While they may not admit it, the drivers know deep down what is legal, what is considered correct, what is considered tough but fair and what is not. Each incident is treated separately. What may appear similar is not necessarily identical. There is a common feeling that I am responsible for the sanctions, but in reality they are granted by an independent panel of commissioners, who decide if there are the details for a penalty ”.
Masi then wanted to dampen the controversy raised by Horner, Red Bull team principal, who stated that F1 is missing Charlie Whiting, the previous Race Director: “These kinds of comments are not worrying. We saw both Christian and Toto saying hot things, they are entitled to their respective points of view. But I’m the first to say that I miss having Charlie as a point of reference, with his great experience. My team and I are doing the best possible job. People get angry if something doesn’t go as they expect, but I can understand it, it’s an elite sport “. Another point of conflict in Gedda, the ‘negotiation’ with the Red Bull box at the restart, Masi defended his actions: “These things happen during the race, I’m talking about giving a team the chance to return the position. The difference was that we were under the red flag and there was more attention on that. It is the most pragmatic way of dealing with the situation, saying, ‘You can do this or the Commissioners will judge, perhaps by imposing a time penalty.’ The discussion took a little longer than usual because the race was suspended ”. Closing with a wish: “I hope that the world struggle will not be decided in the Commissioners’ office. But it’s up to the two guys on the track. It is up to them and no one else ”.
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