Masi explains decision to give Verstappen grid penalty

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 12: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 12, 2021 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202109120399 // Usage for editorial use only //

Michael Masi has revealed the process of giving penalties after such incidents like the one between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the Italian GP.

Why it matters: Red Bull driver got a 3-place grid penalty for the Russian GP for causing a collision on Sunday.


  • FIA race director believes that the Monza incident should not be compared with the Silverstone one.
  • Masi admits Verstappen would have had a time penalty if he had continued the race.

What he had to say:

  • “You need to look at it on the basis of, if they had continued, it would have been the time penalty in the race.
  • “So at Silverstone… you can’t compare them at all. You’ve got two cars taken out in one incident versus one car taken out in another incident.”
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