In the round-up: Formula 1 race director Michael Masi says Fernando Alonso’s recent comments about how racing incidents are judged did not have any bearing on the stewards.

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Masi rejects Alonso’s stewarding comments

Following Alonso’s suggestion last week that there are different rules for different people, Masi said he “doesn’t engage” with such comments.

“Every driver is entitled to their views and comments, either internally or to the media, and that’s fine,” said the F1 race director.

“The rules are applied equally for everyone,” Masi stressed. “He’s entitled to his view but we judge each and every incident looking at the actual incident and what occurs.”

Masi said that comments such as Alonso’s did not affect the stewards’ job. “We are very fortunate that we have a very good group of stewards throughout the year and no, I can tell you that does not place any additional pressure whatsoever on them.”

Norris was “quite scared” by poor visibility

Lando Norris, McLaren, Istanbul Park, 2021
Visibility was poor early in yesterday’s race

Lando Norris said it was almost impossible to see at the race start because of the spray thrown up early in the race.

“The laps to grid, you basically can’t see a thing,” said the McLaren driver. “I was quite scared, actually, how bad it was and even on the first lap.

“But I think the first lap, I managed to get a gap and control it very well from then on. I think it’s because the water sits on the surface quite a bit. It didn’t dry, so there’s always a bit of water on it, it’s not down in the cracks.”

However he said the conditions were no worse than at other venues. “The spray’s terrible at every other track we go to,” Norris explained. “It’s just this stayed bad for a little bit longer. I think lap one was more like oily water rather than just water.”

Red Bull junior loses DTM title in controversial finale

Red Bull junior and Formula 2 driver Liam Lawson lost the 2021 DTM title to Maximilian Götz in a controversial end to the season at the Norisring in Germany.

Lawson, who started the final race with a 19-point lead over Kelvin van der Linde, was taken out at the first turn by his ABT-Audi rival, along with AF Corse-Ferrari team mate Nick Cassidy (standing in for Alexander Albon). Van der Linde was able to continue but both AF Corse cars were damaged and effectively out of the race.

Götz, who had started the race 22 points adrift of Lawson in the standings, had to win in order to seal the title. Over the final two 2.3-kilometre laps Lucas Auer and Phillip Ellis, both driving for Team Winward-Mercedes, lost 16 seconds to Götz, allowing the Team HRT-Mercedes driver past for the title-grabbing win.

A championship victory for Lawson would have secured the points he needed to become eligible for an F1 superlicence.

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