Lewis Hamilton is not being singled out by stewards says F1 race director

Formula One race boss Michael Masi has told Lewis Hamilton that he is not being singled out for punishment.

Hamilton's bid to match Michael Schumacher's record 91 victories at the Russian Grand Prix was derailed when he was handed a 10-second penalty for performing two illegal practice starts ahead of the race.

The six-time world champion claimed afterwards that F1 bosses were finding new ways to stop him from winning.

But Australian race director Masi said: "As the FIA, we are here as the sporting regulator to administer the regulations, we have the stewards as an independent judiciary to adjudicate those, there was an infringement and it doesn't matter if it was done by Lewis Hamilton or any one of the other 19 drivers.

"If a breach of the regulations has occurred, the stewards will consider it on its merits, and further to that, adjudicate it equitably and fairly in the circumstances, taking all the key elements into account.

"From my perspective, it is very simple, if Lewis wants to raise something, as I have said to him before, the door is always open and I am more than happy to discuss anything."

Masi also dismissed Hamilton's suggestion that he had carried out a similar practice start a "million" times before.

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Second placed Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 27, 2020 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas (L) celebrates on the podium with third-placed Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton after winning the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom Circuit in Sochi on September 27, 2020. (Photo by YURI KOCHETKOV / POOL / AFP) (Photo by YURI KOCHETKOV/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 27, 2020 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Yuri Kochetkov - Pool/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Second placed Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates with his team in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 27, 2020 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Romain Grosjean of France driving the (8) Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 27, 2020 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Yuri Kochetkov - Pool/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 leads Nicholas Latifi of Canada driving the (6) Williams Racing FW43 Mercedes during the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 27, 2020 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 27: The Red Bull Racing team prepare for a pitstop during the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 27, 2020 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 27, 2020 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev - Pool/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT01 Honda leads Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 during the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 27, 2020 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 27, 2020 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
A spectator takes a photo as the car of McLaren's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr is removed during the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom Circuit in Sochi on September 27, 2020. (Photo by Bryn Lennon / POOL / AFP) (Photo by BRYN LENNON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The car of McLaren's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr is removed during the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom Circuit in Sochi on September 27, 2020. (Photo by Bryn Lennon / POOL / AFP) (Photo by BRYN LENNON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
A safety car leads drivers during the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom Circuit in Sochi on September 27, 2020. (Photo by Bryn Lennon / POOL / AFP) (Photo by BRYN LENNON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The car of Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany sits on a flatbed truck after a crash during the qualifying session for the upcoming Russian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Sochi Autodrom circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The Russian Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gives the thumbs up after clocking the fastest time during the qualifying session for the upcoming Russian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Sochi Autodrom circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The Russian Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. Hamilton will start in pole position for Sunday's race. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, right, celebrates after clocking the fastest time during the qualifying session for the upcoming Russian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Sochi Autodrom circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The Russian Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Kirill Kudryavtsev, Pool via AP)
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands steers his car during the qualifying session for the upcoming Russian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Sochi Autodrom circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The Russian Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain during the qualifying session for the upcoming Russian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Sochi Autodrom circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The Russian Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain holds the trophy after clocking the fastest time during the qualifying session for the upcoming Russian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Sochi Autodrom circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The Russian Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain will start in pole position for Sunday's race. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain after taking pole position during the qualifying session for the upcoming Russian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Sochi Autodrom circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The Russian Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Kirill Kudryavtsev, Pool via AP)
Pit crew cover the car of Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany during the qualifying session for the upcoming Russian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Sochi Autodrom circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The Russian Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)
Pit crew push back the car of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain during the qualifying session for the upcoming Russian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Sochi Autodrom circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The Russian Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Kirill Kudryavtsev, Pool via AP)
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands steers his car during the qualification for the upcoming Russian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Sochi Autodrom circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The Russian Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Bryn Lennon/Pool Photo via AP)
Spectators are on the stands during the qualification for the upcoming Russian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Sochi Autodrom circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The Russian Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Bryn Lennon/Pool Photo via AP)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT01 Honda on track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 26, 2020 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov - Pool/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 26: A Ferrari fan dressed as Darth Vader shows their support during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 26, 2020 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov - Pool/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 on track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 26, 2020 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 26: <> during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 26, 2020 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 on track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 26, 2020 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 26, 2020 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 26: The car of Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari is carried on a recovery truck after a crash during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 26, 2020 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Sparks fly behind Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 26, 2020 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Kevin Magnussen of Denmark driving the (20) Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 26, 2020 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas steers his car during the qualifying session for the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom Circuit in Sochi on September 26, 2020. (Photo by Pavel Golovkin / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PAVEL GOLOVKIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Drivers during the qualifying session for the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom Circuit in Sochi on September 26, 2020. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / POOL / AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 26, 2020 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
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"At every other event, Lewis has complied with the requirements of where you perform a practice start in accordance with the race director's instructions," added Masi.

"There was a miscommunication between Mercedes and Lewis because Valtteri Bottas, and all the other drivers, used the exact practice start location where it was supposed to be.

"You need to look at everything on its own merits and the stewards believed Lewis took a sporting advantage so they thought an appropriate penalty was an in-race penalty."

Hamilton will now have to wait until at least a week on Sunday to match Schumacher's all-time tally.

The F1 circus next heads to the Nurburgring for the first time since 2013 for the 11th of 17 rounds this year.

Despite Bottas' triumph on Sunday, Hamilton, who finished third in Sochi, will head to Germany with a 44-point lead in his quest to win a record-equalling seventh world crown.

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