After a chaotic race, Horner announced that F1 missed the experience of Masi’s late predecessor Charlie Whiting and also said that the race director’s conversation with Red Bull, which gained attention after it aired on TV, it’s like being at the “local market”.
After Verstappen at one point gained an off-track advantage in a battle with Hamilton, Masi give Red Bull the option to return the position instead of risking further intervention from the management.
When explaining his decision-making afterward, Masi insisted it was a “regular” process and Brawn said the race director handled the situation “pragmatically”.
“I would like to commend the FIA and race director Michael Masi for handling an extremely difficult race,” said F1 director Brawn. “I know some people find some decisions controversial but I don’t.
“The situation you had with Max and Lewis at the start over, when Michael suggested Max stay behind Esteban [Ocon] and Lewis, was handled well as the alternative was to report him to a manager and that could end up with a time penalty.
“I think Michael tackled it pragmatically. This type of discussion takes place many times during a race. If a driver is unfairly protected by someone or protected, the race director will ask the team to correct their positions.
“Some people seem to think Michael is making a deal. He didn’t make a deal. It is very simple: you accept the decision of the race director, with a known outcome, or it is passed on to the managers to handle it. “
Verstappen was fined 5 seconds for pressing Hamilton wide during the race and then fined 10 seconds after the race for his role in the collision with Hamilton.
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