The F1 race director Michael Masi has reinforced the ramifications drivers may face if unsportsmanlike behavior is displayed.

One race remains to decide the winners of an enthralling 2021 F1 season. The intensity is likely to increase, with Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen equal on points going into the final race.

With the season finale on the horizon, Masi chose to remind drivers of the punishments for unsportsmanlike driving.

In the race director’s notes, he drew attention to a number of regulations relating to unsportsmanlike conduct.

For Article 9.15.1, he wrote: “The Competitor shall be responsible for all acts or omissions on the part of any person taking part in, or providing a service in connection with, a Competition or a Championship on their behalf, including in particular their employees, direct or indirect, their Drivers, mechanics, consultants, service providers, or passengers, as well as any person to whom the Competitor has allowed access to the Reserved Areas.”

He also made reference to Article 12.2.1 in his notes. “Any infringement of the principles of fairness in Competition, behavior in an unsportsmanlike manner or attempt to influence the result of a Competition in a way that is contrary to sporting ethics,” it read.

“For all the FIA Championships, cups, challenges, trophies or series, the stewards may also decide to impose the following penalties: Suspension for one or more Competitions, withdrawal of points for the Championship, cup, challenge, trophy, series,” Masi added, in relation to Article 12.4.5.

He concluded these notes with reference to Article 12.4.5.a: “Points should not be deducted separately from Drivers and Competitors, save in exceptional circumstances.”

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