Red Bull plotting FIA showdown talks after Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton incident

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Red Bull want showdown talks with the FIA after they were ordered to let Lewis Hamilton past Max Verstappen during a tense final few laps at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Hamilton appeared to make 29 trips over the line at Turn 4 during the early stages of the race.

Mercedes received a warning from FIA Race Director Michael Masi and they relayed it to Hamilton.

“That’s f***ing bull****,” the seven-time world champion fumed in response over the team radio.

However, the Silver Arrows were not punished as their laps were deemed legal.

But during the latter stages as Verstappen was trying to pass Hamilton, he went wide on Turn 4.

The Red Bull star was immediately ordered to let Hamilton regain his position at the front of the pack as the move was deemed illegal.

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Verstappen was unable to overtake the Mercedes for the remainder of the race, despite his best efforts.

The Sun claim Red Bull want to seek clarification from the governing body about future track limits.

Team principal Christian Horner also plotted immediate talks with Masi following the conclusion of the race.

“It was frustrating,” he said. “We could see as soon as Mercedes started to push they just used that part of the track.

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“We questioned with Race Control that if that’s the case, can we do it? In a nip and tuck battle, there’s a two-tenths advantage using that part of the circuit.

“So [Mercedes] did it lap after lap, the Race Director then asked them to respect the limits otherwise they’d get a black and white flag.

“Obviously Max ran wide on the pass there, which had been made clear before the race that if someone got an advantage by going out there, they’d have to give it back.

“He did that immediately, the team instructed him to do it following Race Control instructing us.

“With these track limit things, they’re always going to be contentious but we do need to just have a consistent situation.

“You can’t say it’s OK to use it in the race, but you can’t overtake out there. It should be black or white, it shouldn’t be shaded grey.”

Masi stood by his initial decision and claims drivers were all briefed before the race.

He said: “If an overtake takes place with a car off track and gains a lasting advantage, I will go on the radio and suggest to the team that they immediately relinquish that position.

“With regard to tolerance given with people running outside of the track limits during the race, that was mentioned very clearly in the meeting and the notes.

“It will always be monitored in accordance with the Sporting Regulations that a lasting advantage overall must not be gained.

“We had two people that were looking in that area at every car at every lap and pretty much every car bar one was doing the right thing within what we expected.

“There was the occasional car that had a bit of a moment or went out there but it wasn’t a constant thing.”

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