Masi hits back at Hamilton’s “offensive” safety claims

After the restart crash in the Tuscan GP several drivers suggested that the safety car lights have been turned out later in the lap than usual this season to make for a closer restart, and that the bunching up that resulted contributed to the accident.

Race winner Lewis Hamilton insisted that the crash was not triggered by then leader Valtteri Bottas, who has the right to set the pace.

“It’s absolutely not Valtteri’s fault at all,” he said. “It’s the decision makers. I don’t know who.

“They’re obviously trying to make it more exciting, but ultimately today you’ve seen they’ve put people at risk. So, perhaps they need to rethink that.”

Masi is adamant that the FIA would never compromise safety matters.

“Absolutely not,” said the Australian. “From an FIA perspective, safety is paramount full stop. And that’s end of story.

“In my capacity as the race director and safety delegate, point blank, that’s where my role sits, it’s with the sporting integrity and safety.

“And anyone that says otherwise is actually quite offensive personally.”

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Masi also stressed there was no pattern behind the sport experiencing three red flags in two weekends, noting that the Charles Leclerc crash at Monza and the Lance Stroll incident at Mugello both led to lengthy barrier repairs.

“I suggest it’s very much a…

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