Lando Norris Gives His Verdict on Perez-Leclerc F1 Incident at Austrian GP

Published 07/08/2021, 7:30 AM 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


McLaren driver Lando Norris drove a stunning race at the Austrian Grand Prix. The young British driver started the race from the front row just behind the pole-sitter Max Verstappen and finished the race in the third position.

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He was looking racy at the Red Bull Ring and could have finished 2nd in the race if not for his 5-second penalty. The race was filled with penalties as Lando got it for his defense against Perez and then Sergio got the penalty for his defense on Charles Leclerc.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, and McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrate first and third place on the podium with Honda F1’s Technical Director Toyoharu Tanabe REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

In a recent video, Lando is reacting to the incident between Perez and Leclerc. He thought the penalty awarded to the Mexican was harsh. “That’s not a 5-second penalty. I think that’s tough.

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Why were there so many penalties at the Austrian Grand Prix?

Lando Norris got a 5-second penalty in lap 4 for pushing Sergio Pérez in the gravels at turn 4. The same incident occurred with Perez later in the race when he was defending P6 from Charles Leclerc. This time, he pushed Leclerc off the track and into the gravel.

There has been a lot of debate regarding the penalties. Some have called Race Director Micheal Masi into question for awarding penalties too easily and killing ‘ hard racing’. Masi responded to these reports by stating that the penalties are mentioned in the rules.

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As reported by ESPN, the McLaren driver is aware of his recent success and is very grateful for it. But he also stated that he is staying realistic and taking it race-by-race every weekend.

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

The annoying thing is so many people are going to expect this every weekend now,” said Norris after the Austrian Grand Prix podium.

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“I’m not getting too giddy because I know we’re going to go to Silverstone and it’s probably going to be a little bit more like back to normality,” said Lando.

“We’ve always been strong in Austria, every year since my first time coming here in F1. Silverstone was not so good for us last season,” he said.

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Can Norris continue his form for the rest of the season? Comment below to let us know.

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