Masi: Alonso and Raikkonen both wrong in Austin F1 move

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi says that Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen were both at fault in their controversial incident during the US GP.

Masi: Alonso and Raikkonen both wrong in Austin F1 move
Listen to this article

Alonso was furious that Raikkonen was able to pass him off track at Turn 1 without sanction during their battle, while the Finn believed that he had been pushed wide.

Subsequently Masi discussed the incident with the stewards. It was debated again in the drivers’ briefing in Mexico last Friday, where Masi explained that the official view was that both drivers were in the wrong.

“Having had a very long look at it together in a discussion with the stewards both following the event and since, there were probably two fouls in that scenario,” said Masi.

“Fernando forcing Kimi off track was the first part of it, and going wide there, and the second part was Kimi shouldn’t have overtaken, shouldn’t have gained and completed a manoeuvre as a result.

“So with the benefit of time and having a look at it all and everything else, it would have effectively been two fouls, one either way.”

Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, as Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, spins

Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, as Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, spins

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

Masi also confirmed that the stewards saw no need for an investigation into the first corner contact between Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas in Mexico

“I haven’t had a look at the incident myself properly yet,” he said shortly after the race. 

“Obviously I was concentrating on the race start itself. But I asked the stewards to have a quick look, and they determined that no investigation was necessary.

“I haven’t had the chance to catch up with them yet on the whys and wherefores or analysed the incident in any detail at this point.

“Basically they have a quick look, if it is worthy of an investigation or not, and their view was there was no investigation necessary.”

Masi denied that there was any inconsistency in the decision-making process after Pierre Gasly received a five-second penalty and two points on his licence for tipping Fernando Alonso into a spin at the first corner in Turkey.

“I don’t think there is a lack of consistency because you have to treat everything on its merits,” said Masi.

“You’ve got to look at each incident and see how it goes. For starters Turkey was wet, this was dry, and completely different corner configurations. There’s a whole lot of things, so I don’t think there is."

Expanding on the different circumstances, he said: “Having a look at the proximity of the cars, of where they all are compared to each other. There is a whole lot of different factors that come into it.

“So the stewards’ view on this occasion [in Mexico] it was that in their view it was a Turn 1 racing incident.”

Read Also:
shares
comments

Related video

Mercedes explains tow plan for Hamilton into Mexico Turn 1

GPDA questions sausage kerbs after Austin injuries

Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver

Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
Alex Kalinuackas

Assessing Hamilton's Mercedes stint Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver

Why new-look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era

Why new-look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
Jonathan Noble

Why new-look Haas is a litmus test Why new-look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era

The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff

The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
Alex Kalinauckas

Assessing Wolff's Mercedes influence The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff

The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate

The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
GP Racing

The line-up Ocon, Gasly may emulate The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate

Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?

Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
GP Racing

Who were the fastest F1 drivers? Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?

Nico Hulkenberg: Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return

Nico Hulkenberg: Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
Adam Cooper

Why Hulkenberg is ready for return Nico Hulkenberg: Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return

Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss

Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
Jonathan Noble

Why Vasseur relishes the pressure Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss

The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023

The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
Jake Boxall-Legge

F1 2023's crucial tech changes The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023