Masi to conduct frank “closed-door” discussion with Hamilton, Verstappen in Hungary

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 15: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing looks on as the prototype for the 2022 F1 season is unveiled during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 15, 2021 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

FIA Race Director Michael Masi said he will be conducting frank discussions “behind closed doors” with Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in Hungary, to discuss the opening lap incident that occurred during the British Grand Prix.

Masi also said that if the FIA plays any role in mediating or tries to calm tensions between drivers, discussions regarding the same are not to be public knowledge. He also explained that the main objective is to make on-track racing safe, as opposed to defusing tensions.

“As a regulator, you’re always going to come out like any referee in any sporting competition role. So there’s always going to be an element of it,” Masi said. “You’ve got such a close championship which is fantastic for Formula 1, you’ve got two magnificent drivers fighting it out for a world championship.”

Masi made it clear that the FIA, in no way will get dragged out into the battle waged between Mercedes and Red Bull, especially outside the track, as he made it apparent, it is not the FIA’s purpose and neither is it their concern.

“Whatever sniping might happen between Red Bull and Mercedes behind the scenes is not of concern to us, we judge on what happens out there on the sporting field or on the track, in our circumstance,” Masi explained.

“If there are various discussions that happen with drivers individually, those will happen behind closed doors and, from an FIA perspective, will remain that way.

“How I would deal with that one on one with drivers will remain between me and the drivers and the teams,” Masi concluded.

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