Masi, who denied all claims of inconsistency, pointed out the Red Bull driver was asked to hand back the race lead because he 'gained an advantage' in running off track, not only because he had crossed the white lines
Formula 1 2021, Bahrain GP: Sebastian Vettel handed five penalty points in 'tricky' debut with Aston Martin
Vettel's day began with a five-place grid penalty for failing to obey double yellow flags in Saturday's qualifying and continued with a collision with Esteban Ocon's Alpine under braking at Turn One in the race.
Bahrain Grand Prix: Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel demoted to last place on grid for yellow flag violation
Vettel picked up a grid penalty from race stewards for failing to slow down when yellow flags were deployed during his final Q1 run, related to incidents involving Nikita Mazepin's Haas and the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz
The four-time world champion Vettel, who joined the Aston Villa team this year after leaving Ferrari, failed to make the cut from Q1 and struggled to make an impression.
Verstappen earned his fourth career pole to deny Hamilton his 99th, edging out the world champion by .39 seconds on his final attempt.
Formula 1 2021: 'It was alright,’ says Max Verstappen after topping Friday’s practice sessions ahead of Bahrain GP
The Red Bull driver outpaced nearest rival Norris, in his Mercedes-powered McLaren, by 0.095 seconds and Hamilton by slightly more than two-thirds.
Formula 1 2021: Looking forward to being in the car and kicking off the season, says Fernando Alonso
Alonso needed less than two weeks to get back to preparing for his season with Alpine, the rebranded Renault team where the Spaniard won his two F1 titles in 2005 and 2006.
Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton says he has been 'educating himself' on human rights abuses in Bahrain ahead of season's first GP
The 36-year-old seven-time world champion led anti-racism protests on the grid last season, regularly taking a knee before the start of each race.
Formula 1 2021: 'Don't feel like this is the end', Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton refutes retirement talks
Hamilton spoke in an upbeat way about his and the sport's future ahead of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir.
Bottas started the past two seasons brightly with victories, only for his challenges to quickly fade as Hamilton imposed his superiority. Frustration got the better of Bottas and chipped away at his composure on race days, leading to some sloppy mistakes.
He's the baby-faced rookie whose legs are so short his car needs special pedals, but don't think Yuki Tsunoda is just along for the ride in his Formula One debut.
Formula 1: Important safety lessons learnt from Romain Grosjean's horrific crash, says FIA chief Jean Todt
The Frenchman narrowly escaped death when his Haas car burst into flames after it crashed into a barrier at 220km/h on the first lap at the Sakhir circuit on 29 November.
It will be the first time a member of the Schumacher family has been involved directly in a Formula One race since Michael retired in 2012 and 30 years after the German great's impressive debut for the Jordan team at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix.
While Nikita Mazepin said he took full responsibility for the incident where he was filmed groping a woman, he didn't say if he has apologised to the woman
Based in the United Kingdom, like the vast majority of teams, F1 intends to remain in line with the British vaccination schedule so that its employees are not seen to be benefitting from privilege.
In a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday, Grosjean said: "I'm getting better and better, obviously a few parts are a bit painful but it's OK."
The Mercedes team said it would announce a replacement driver later in the week
Hamilton's victory, his 11th of the season, lifted him 131 points clear of Bottas in the championship, which he has won already.
Formula 1 2020: Haas driver Romain Grosjean escapes with minor burns after horror crash at Bahrain Grand Prix
Grosjean's Haas car slid off track on the first lap and burst into flames after being sliced in two by a barrier. He clambered out with the fire roaring behind him and his race helmet singed.
Hamilton finished about .3 seconds ahead of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and around .4 clear of Red Bull's Max Verstappen.