Masi responds to Hamilton claim
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FIA Race Director Michael Masi has refuted suggestions that the stewards at the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix were trying to prevent Lewis Hamilton from winning

The Mercedes driver received two separate five second penalties in Russia for performing a practice start out of the designated area.

Having vented his frustration over team radio upon learning of the penalties, Hamilton then claimed in the post-race press conference that officials were "trying to stop me".

"From my perspective it's very simple that if Lewis wants to raise something – as I have said to him before and said to all the drivers numerous times – the door is always open," refuted Masi.

"I'm more than happy to discuss anything, but I think from an FIA perspective we are there as a sporting regulator to administer the regulations.

"We have the stewards as an independent judiciary to adjudicate those, and therefore there was an infringement and it doesn't matter if it was Lewis Hamilton or any one of the other 19 drivers, if a breach has occurred of the…
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