Masi denies taking it easy on drivers in Britain

Date published: July 17 2019

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With Toto Wolff declaring some of the British GP fights “borderline dirty”, FIA race director Michael Masi has denied that the stewards were lenient on the drivers.

Sunday’s British Grand Prix saw some incredible racing, both at the very front of the field and further down.

Lewis Hamilton took on Valtteri Bottas in the opening few laps while Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen had their elbows out as they raced one another.

In fact the only driver to get it very wrong was Sebastian Vettel, who crashed into Verstappen while trying to retake third place.

Wolff reckons some of the fights were “borderline dirty” and yet the stewards didn’t get involved, at least not until Vettel hit Verstappen.

Masi has denied that the Silverstone stewards opted to take it easy on the drivers.

“The ‘let them race’ philosophy’s been adopted all year, to be quite honest,” he told RaceFans.net.

“I think the nature of the circuit, the way that it was, yes there was some wheel-to-wheel action but [it’s the] same as it was previously and it’s been judged in exactly the same manner.

“The nature of the way this venue is probably makes it a perceived view that it’s more of ‘let them race’ but it’s been adopted and applied in exactly the same way that it has been all year.”

He added: “What is ‘let them race’, what does it look like? [In] a lot of ways it was practical examples have shown what is and isn’t considered acceptable. I think it’s just one of those [things] that’s ongoing.”

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