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The FIA need to hold ‘deeper conversations’ with drivers to clarify the rules of engagement on the tracks, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz has said. There has been confusion among racers in the last few weeks over what is and is not allowed in the aftermath of controversial incidents involving rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.
Hamilton and Verstappen’s tense relationship has at times boiled over this season as they compete for the World Championship. Both have been punished following near-misses.
The Mercedes driver edged within eight points of Verstappen on the leaderboard after winning at the Qatar Grand Prix last week.
Their latest clash came at the Brazilian Grand Prix two weeks ago.
Red Bull’s Verstappen avoided punishment despite an appeal by Mercedes for stewards to review the incident that saw Hamilton forced off the track while trying to overtake his rival.
“I didn’t need to look at the footage because I was driving the car, so I know exactly what happened,” Verstappen bluntly responded when asked about the situation.
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And Ferrari driver Sainz has now revealed that the FIA will have deep talks over what is allowed on the track after drivers raised concerns.
There was some puzzlement among racers last week and they have sought clarity from the sport’s governing body.
“In terms of racing approach, it is not very clear still,” Sainz said.
“I think you have heard us already talk about this because we don’t know what is going to happen race by race.
“But as I said to the media, it looks like in the winter, there is going to be a deeper conversation about how we go racing and hopefully clarify things a bit more.”
Sainz was involved in a near-miss of his own in Qatar.
The Spaniard and team-mate Charles Leclerc were engaged in a battle with Sergio Perez.
Leclerc has revealed that he was not expecting Perez to come down the side of his car and that he did not have enough time to react.
“On my side, I think the only times I was fighting Checo, actually I wasn’t expecting him to be there,” he explained after the race.
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“I didn’t know they had DRS behind me and I found myself quite surprised in the first corner having the cars fighting me.
“I didn’t have the time to think about it really.”
Verstappen can sensationally win his first drivers’ World Championship if certain outcomes go in his favour in Saudi Arabia next week.
There are four outcomes that will see him win: Verstappen can win the race and achieve the fastest lap, while Hamilton finishes sixth or lower. He could also win and Hamilton come seventh.
Alternatively, the Dutchman can come second and set the fastest lap if Hamilton finishes 10th or lower, or he can finish runner-up and Hamilton can fail to score.
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