Michael Masi has said the stewards do not take into account the consequences of a crash while investigating incidents.
The 2021 British Grand Prix will go down in history alongside the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix and 1990 Japanese Grand Prix as one of the most controversial and infamous races in Formula 1 history. Title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided into Copse on lap one, putting the Dutchman out of the race and giving Hamilton a 10 second time penalty for his actions.
The fallout of the race has been dramatic, with many people criticizing Hamilton, Mercedes, the stewards, and Red Bull too. F1 race director Masi has defended the stewards’ decisions, saying they only take into account the offense, not the consequences.
“This came through discussions prior to my time between all of the teams,” Masi said. “The FIA and F1, and the team principals were all quite adamant, is that you should not consider the consequences in an incident.”
“So when they judge an incident they judge the incident itself, and the merits of the incident, not what happens afterward as a consequence. So that’s the way that the stewards judge it, because start taking consequences into account, there are so many variables, rather than judging the incident itself on its merits.”
Hamilton and Verstappen are now split by eight points as the title battle heats up and their rivalry intensifies.