Michael Masi responded to Toto Wolff’s anger at the stewards’ decision to penalize Lewis Hamilton following a failed DRS inspection.

Details:

  • Hamilton was disqualified from the Sao Paulo GP qualifying after his car failed the inspections made after the session.
  • His car’s DRS flap opened wider than regulations allow, resulting in a decision from the stewards that sent him to the rear of the grid.
  • A frustrated Toto Wolff remarked that Red Bull was able to make changes to faulty components of its cars without a penalty.

What he had to say:

  • “All the reports that Jo [Bauer] sends out as our technical delegate, prior to the race, clearly explain either repairs or replacements that can happen under parc ferme conditions.”
  • “And that’s clearly listed for everyone to read. So, from that perspective, yes, we have regular requests, at a sprint qualifying weekend, it’s obviously even more because of when parc ferme starts. So from our perspective, we treat every single request equally, consistently, look at every single one.”
  • “The thing is, if we see that something is let’s call it systematic with the team over a number of events, then we ask them to make permanent modifications to that part.”
  • “So there’s a whole lot of things that go into it. So no, I don’t think there’s any inconsistency at all.”

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