WATCH: Lando Norris Awkwardly Dodges FIA Loophole Around Hamilton-Verstappen Drama

Published 12/20/2021, 6:22 AM EST
Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 2, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during the press conference Hassan Ammar/Pool via REUTERS


A week since the event, and the world hasn’t stopped talking about the 2021 season finale. A glorious win for Max, a disappointing result for Hamilton; more importantly the demand in reviewing the regulations of the sport. Amid all the controversy, drives attempt to enjoy their winter break. For Lando Norris, that means getting back on Twitch. However, try as he may, the drama followed.

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In Norris’ recent stream with his friend and fellow racer Max Fewtrell, the duo re-watched the final lap of the Abu Dhabi GP. While watching the lapped cars overtake the safety car, Fewtrell innocently asked, “I didn’t know you could select the amount.”

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That’s when Norris comically mumbled and smiled in reply. However, later, Norris found some clarity in the situation. “So the reason at the beginning we weren’t allowed to overtake but at the end we were is because they didn’t want to let us pass while the incident was still there… We were effectively allowed to go almost flat-out under the safety car.”

Giving his final verdict on the odd situation, the Brit concluded, “Once we passed it’s ok.”

Lando Norris hopes for a change in F1

Regardless of the situation, the safety car rule was unfair to Hamilton, who would have had a better chance at winning the championship. Regardless of who one supports, the rules remain an important aspect of the integrity of the sport.

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Thus, despite being happy for Verstappen, Norris realized the need for change. Further, he stood firm in his belief that changing tires during a yellow flag period should be taken away. “I still don’t think it’s a fair thing, no matter if I’ve gained from it or lost from it. I don’t think it’s a fair thing to do. Of course, fans love it because it gives people wins and podiums who, to be harsh, don’t deserve it.”

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during qualifying REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

With Verstappen having pitted for the soft tires for the final lap, he truly had the optimal car. Hamilton’s hard tires were well degraded, especially after defending against Sergio Perez early on.

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Thus, with a new season and fresh regulations on the way, maybe the rule-book could use a quick upgrade; better defining what the entities of the sport can and cannot do.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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