Forward of the second crimson flag restart on the Jeddah circuit on Sunday, Masi spoke to Pink Bull sporting director Jonathan Wheatley and requested the crew if it needed to maneuver Max Verstappen down the grid order.
That was as a result of Verstappen had retaken the lead from Lewis Hamilton after the primary restart solely by operating off monitor across the outdoors and gaining an unfair lasting benefit simply earlier than the race was stopped.
Masi laid out a suggestion for Wheatley to successfully give the place again to Hamilton on the grid, or else danger the stewards later doubtlessly handing the Dutchman a transparent penalty.
The dialog between Masi and Wheatley was broadcast on the worldwide tv feed, and was as a lot a shock for groups because it was for followers.
Requested for his response to that second, Horner mentioned: “It was a bit like being down the souk, which was uncommon. I have never come throughout that beforehand.”
Christian Horner, Workforce Principal, Pink Bull Racing
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It was not simply Pink Bull greatly surprised by the provide, with Alpine government director Marcin Budkowski, whose driver Esteban Ocon finally benefited from the decision by ranging from pole, additionally discovering the scenario uncommon.
“There was this beautiful surreal dialogue between Michael and Jonathan, which was like being on the native market with a little bit of buying and selling for place versus penalty,” he instructed Autosport.
“We discovered ourselves on pole, nevertheless it was uncommon and we have been discussing that through the race, I suppose it occurs through the races, not essentially bartering, however through the race you’d have a dialogue the place you might be suggested to offer a place again. And if you happen to don’t, then it may go to the stewards and you can get a penalty.
“I suppose it is not too dissimilar, nevertheless it was pretty thrilling to have that through the crimson flag – and a bit surreal.”
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff reckoned that the occasions surrounding the bartering for grid positions wanted to be checked out.
“It was a brand new scenario for us as effectively,” he mentioned. “We misplaced the place with this really very onerous manoeuvre in Flip 1 and a couple of. Then, they mentioned, now we have to show the place round, so that you even have monitor place.
“Then there is a restart and naturally it is not a lot assist if you happen to lose it once more immediately. We’ve got to have a look at that.
“I believe Michael Masi has his arms full within the race with particles and crashes. However from the surface, we will actually study from it.”