Former F1 Driver Slams Norris for ‘Selfishly’ Pushing Perez Off in Austria

Published 07/06/2021, 5:06 AM EDT
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 looks on from the garage during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


At the recently concluded Austrian Grand Prix, Lando Norris was involved in an incident with Red Bull’s. The five-second penalty that was later awarded to the Briton was a subject of contention, with many saying that the FIA’s actions were too harsh. However, former F1 driver, Timo Glock feels that Norris should have given the Mexican driver some space.

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While Perez was hunting Norris down, he went for the outside at turn 4. The McLaren driver did his best to block him, which saw the Mexican driver in the gravel without any major contact. This resulted in the 21-year-old getting two penalty points and a five-second time penalty.

Lando Norris is the one at fault, states Glock

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Speaking to Sky Sports, the German said, “I think you have to leave the place. It’s already difficult to overtake in Formula 1. It should therefore be fair to overtake both inside and outside.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during the race REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

“There are no rules which says that you can’t overtake outside in Formula 1. Whoever tries knows what dangerous situation he is in. In my opinion, you should, in fairness, give the opponent the space so that he has the chance to overtake, ” Glock explained.

“Norris knows that he is being attacked. Accordingly, you have to act as a driver and let the other overtake. Those in this situation always argue for themselves, of course.

He concluded, “When you think about racing and the show and we are good sport want to offer, you have to give the opponent enough space and not say selfishly: ‘I’ll push him off the track’.” (Translated via Google Translate)

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Lando brought a podium home despite harsh penalty

The Austrian GP saw the Brit have his best-ever start in Formula One as he qualified the second-fastest, helping the Woking-based outfit score another podium this season. However, his five-second time penalty due to his incident with Perez, shattered the McLaren garage’s hopes.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during the race REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

But the Woking squad displayed their smartness and made him serve the penalty during the pitstop, after which he began his hunt to regain positions. In the closing laps of the race, Norris over took seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton to bring a P3 finish for McLaren, making it their third podium this season.

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Now, Norris awaits for the British Grand Prix – his home race, as he hopes to treat his fans to a performance similar to the one at the Red Bull Ring, this past weekend.

Currently in the form of his life, can the Briton achieve better results with the Papaya team as the season progresses?

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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