Masi: Wolff appeal to race control over Mazepin a 'very rare' call

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Masi: Wolff appeal to race control over Mazepin a 'very rare' call

FIA race director Michael Masi says Toto Wolff's complaint to race control over Nikita Mazepin in Sunday's Spanish GP was a "very rare" in-race intervention by the Mercedes boss.

Haas rookie Mazepin has sparked the wrath of at least one of his colleagues at every race weekend this season, the inattentive Russian often putting himself in the path of another car in practice sessions or in the race itself.

At Portimão, Mazepin was hit with a five-second penalty and added a penalty point for almost causing a collision in the race with Red Bull's Sergio Perez.

On Sunday, race leader Lewis Hamilton was running in the wake of the Haas, seeking to lap Mazepin when Wolff radioed in to Masi at race control requesting that blue flags be shown to the Russian.

"Michael, blue flags," said Wolff. "Michael this guy makes us lose the position."

After the race, Masi said the Austrian's intervention was a rare case of the Mercedes boss buzzing race control during proceedings.

"To be fair, I very rarely hear from Toto on the race control radio," said Masi.

Team messages to race control have never been broadcasted in the past, but F1, working in collaboration with the FIA, rolled out the broadcasting innovation this weekend in Barcelona.

"It actually came about through a discussion at the F1 Commission meeting last year," explained Masi.

"So [viewers] could hear a part of the broadcast the communications between the pit wall and the teams, which is the regular part of what we do operationally.”

"The F1 Group through their broadcasts, has been doing some trials in the background and seeing what that looks like. And all the teams were advised, and this weekend's the first time it’s gone live to air."

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