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Revealed: What was said inside the FIA briefing ahead of the Malaysia race

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So, the F1 season is in full flow and British driver Lewis Hamilton is leading the way by 34 points after his unexpected victory in Singapore and his second place finish in Malaysia on Sunday.  

As per usual, the official Formula 1 Youtube channel has decided to treat fans of the sport once again by releasing some of the footage from the briefing of the race in Malaysia.  

The footage starts with some of the drivers laughing and joking, while others are keenly discussing some of the turns on the track.

But, once Charlie Whiting silences the noise and asks if anyone had any questions regarding the race in Singapore, that’s when things started to get a little interesting.  

Now, of course, most people will know about what happened on the first corner of the Singapore race, with Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, and Max Verstappen all colliding almost immediately after setting off.

Naturally this was the talking point of the Malaysian FIA driver briefing.  

First of all, Romain Grosjean felt that some of the drivers received an unfair advantage because of the collision, he felt that some drivers took a different line and gained an unfair advantage.  

Whiting tried to give some encouraging words to Grosjean and reassured him that the replays have been watched and analysed, with experts feeling that other drivers took a different line due to safety rather than gaining an unfair advantage.

Grosjean does not seem too convinced and name drops Sergio Perez as the first driver to take the line.  

The debate continued with Felipe Massa even joining in, he stated that Valtteri Bottas apparently saw Perez' move and that it was to gain an advantage.

A comment that Perez looked very shocked by and one he continued to follow up with Whiting at the end of the briefing.  

The briefing continued and Whiting covered some of the topics the drivers wanted to hear, mainly the fact that an old drain cover had caused quite a distress throughout the weekend, particularly to Romain Grosjean.

Grosjean's car was left damaged by the raised drain and the track had confused Lewis Hamilton throughout the weekend, with him thinking that a piece of carbon fibre had fallen from another vehicle, hence why he had been avoiding it.  

Hamilton also raised a question regarding the damage to Grosjean's car. He asked who would be paying for the damage as it clearly was not the driver's fault. He hinted at the limited funds of the Haas F1 team and Whiting confirmed that it would be the track who would be covering the costs.  

As the briefing ends, Perez rushes over to Whiting and continues to plead his innocence regarding the first corner of the Singapore race. He explains that if he had continued to follow the other cars, he would definitely have damaged his car in the process.  

Whiting gave him a wink and said "well I think you got away with that one there."

Watch the briefing in the video below.

The video really was an enthralling insight into what goes on behind closed doors between these huge stars of the sport. With some of the drivers having a lot of natural chemistry, while others really displayed the competitive nature.  

Should Formula 1 release more clips of these briefings? We certainly think so.

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