Norris Blames ‘Stupid’ Perez for Incident at Austrian GP

Published 07/04/2021, 11:25 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrates with his team after finishing in third place Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


Lando Norris showcased an incredible level of racing on Sunday to secure his third podium of the season, as he crossed the finishing line in P3 at the Austrian GP.

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Of course, it was refreshing to see a McLaren on the podium, but what’s interesting is that Norris had enough pace to even beat Valtteri Bottas to finish in P2.

However, his hopes of holding onto P2 were massively sabotaged by Sergio Perez early on lap 4, when the Mexican attempted a move around the outside of turn 4.

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In the end, not only did he fail to make the move, but he also ran wide off the track, forcing the stewards to hand Norris a 5-second time penalty. Hence, following the race, Norris wasn’t particularly pleased with the result and reckoned it was a stupid move from Perez.

What did Lando Norris say?

During the post-race interview on the parc ferme, Norris reckoned that his on-track feud with Perez was more of a racing incident.

First of all, I wanna say big thanks to everyone, all the fans. It was a lot of fun, it was a good race. It was exciting, but, I’m disappointed because we should have been in second place. So, I don’t know,” he said.

I thought that lap 1 was just a racing [incident], really. He tried to go around the outside, which was a bit stupid. And he ran off the track himself, I didn’t even push him.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrates after finishing in third place REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Norris definitely had every chance of securing P2 in Austria. The Briton was already two threats short, with Hamilton showing visible struggles after suffering damage to his car. Meanwhile, Perez was over 20 seconds behind the top-4, leaving Norris with the least amount of threat from behind.

Norris hails good pace for McLaren at the Austrian GP

It was undeniably a massively positive race for Norris, having embraced the chance to race with the title contenders, Mercedes. However, his teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, too was enjoying a race of his own.

The Australian, having started the race from P13, managed to bring his car up to P7 by the time the checkered flag was waved over the session.

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

I’m frustrated but I’m also happy with P3. We had very good pace and, yeah, I’m happy with the result,” Norris said.

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Overall, despite a bittersweet qualifying session on Saturday, McLaren utilized the track conditions to their absolute advantage, as they take home a healthy 21 points out of the race weekend.

This also means that they’ve managed to extend their gap to Ferrari on the constructor’s table. Hence, can they continue to deliver such performances to ultimately secure P3 for the second consecutive season?

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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