Lando Norris and Sergio Perez had a tough duel in Spielberg. The Red Bull driver landed in the gravel and then had to take criticism.
Lando Norris likes Styria. The McLaren driver finished third behind the winner Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas at the Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg.
But Norris was not really satisfied with it. The reason: The young Briton only lost second place against Bottas due to a controversial time penalty that Norris received after a duel with Sergio Perez at the beginning of the race.
Shortly after the start there was a safety car phase. After the restart, Red Bull driver Perez tried to pass the McLaren on the outside of Turn 4. There was no contact, but Perez still ran out of lane. The Mexican landed in the gravel and lost several places.
The race management reported an investigation into the scene late, after which the stewards punished Norris with a five-second time penalty. Reason: Norris did not leave enough space for Perez.
“From my point of view it was the same as between Max (Verstappen) and Lewis (Hamilton) in Imola,” said Norris, referring to their duel after the start. At that time, however, Verstappen received no penalty. “Perhaps Sergio didn't know that there was a gravel bed at the corner exit. It's downhill and you can get out of there very easily. And that happened,” said Norris, who rated Perez's attempt as “just a bit stupid”.
“Nothing I did was dangerous,” said Norris, also looking at Baku, when he did not make it into the pits despite the red flag. “I didn't put anyone in danger, I don't earn any penalty points for that,” he says. “Even today I get points because someone else drives into the gravel,” he clarifies and calls for a rethink: “This is not how Formula 1 should work.”