Is Lando Norris Under Threat of an F1 Race Ban After Points Penalty at Austrian GP?

Published 07/04/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 3, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during the press conference after qualifying FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Lando Norris had a brilliant overall weekend at the Red Bull Ring this weekend, securing a career-best start as he qualified second. What made the day even sweeter was that he achieved McLaren’s third podium this season, crossing the line in third place.

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Unfortunately, the happiness was short-lived; he was awarded a 5-second penalty for pushing Red Bull’s Sergio Perez off the track into turn 4. This incident also earned him two penalty points and could face a race ban if earns anymore this season.

Lando Norris might be facing a race ban in the near future

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As Norris battling against Perez for second place at the Red Bull Ring at turn 4, Perez went off track without any contact with the McLaren driver. However, the FIA saw things differently and awarded him a 5-second penalty.

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

Furthermore, they gave him two penalty points for the incident, taking his total up to ten points. If Norris is to earn two more points tallying it up to twelve, he could be slapped with a race ban.

Fortunately, he will only have eight points on his license by the time the paddock gets to Silverstone; he will lose the two penalty points he received at Styria last year.

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Norris earns McLaren their third podium this season

The 21-year-old has been in fine form ever since the season started in Bahrain back in March. He remains the only driver to score points at every Grand Prix this season, bagging three podiums for the Woking-based outfit in the process.

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The first one being at the Emilia GP, where he placed third, then at the prestigious Monaco GP by crossing the line in P3. Now, at the Austrian GP where he earned his first-ever podium last season and has seemed to do it again, beating Lewis Hamilton to grab a third-place finish for McLaren.

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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

Now, Norris is awaiting the much anticipated British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit, two weeks from now – his home race. The Brit is looking to replicate the same level of performance at Silverstone as he showed this week in Austria, and aim for another podium finish in front of his home crowd.

What are your thoughts on Lando’s performance this season? Can he give the likes of Max Verstappen or Lewis Hamilton a run for their money? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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