Norris: F1 penalty factors needs to be reserved for harmful driving
Norris was given a five-second time penalty and two penalty factors on his licence for being deemed to have pushed Sergio Perez off the observe within the early phases of the Purple Bull Ring race.
These two factors take his complete as much as 10, simply two faraway from the 12-point threshold which comes with an computerized one-race ban.
Thankfully for Norris two of these factors expire on 10 July, that means he’ll drop all the way down to eight factors forward of the British Grand Prix in two weeks, a minimal quantity he will probably be on till a minimum of November.
Norris’ earlier penalty factors had been awarded for 2 yellow flag transgressions, and for persevering with on observe throughout a crimson flag eventually month’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, as an alternative of pitting.
Norris feels he did not do something to get so near a race ban, saying penalty factors needs to be reserved for errors “which put folks in peril” fairly than racing incidents.
“My method of the incident in Baku with the crimson flag and never boxing once I ought to have achieved, I did not put anybody in hurt’s means, in actual fact the other and I did every little thing safely. Why ought to I deserve penalty factors for that?” Norris mentioned, whose five-second time penalty dropped him from a possible second to a third-place end.
“Why ought to I deserve penalty factors immediately for somebody going into the gravel? So yeah, nothing I’ve achieved is harmful.
“I really feel like perhaps in some circumstances you deserve an on-track penalty since you’ve achieved one thing unhealthy when it comes to racing and also you simply made a mistake, however then you have got issues that individuals do now and again that are purely harmful.
“So, when you do typically overtake in a yellow flag and do one thing that is simply clearly a rule, that can put folks in peril, then I perceive penalty factors for a driver. And if that provides up, you may get a race ban.
“However for little issues like this it is simply silly, in my view. It is not what Formulation 1 needs to be and I’d anticipate and hope that different folks would again me up on this sort of opinion.”
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M
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Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen, who was a part of the identical press convention after successful the Austrian Grand Prix, instantly got here to Norris’ defence on the problem.
“For instance, what number of [penalty points] do you get, two? So when you would have six of those incidents, I do not suppose you deserve a ban for what he did immediately. It is simply not right,” he mentioned.
“I imply, I have been there myself, I have been at 9 or 10 factors myself. It is the way it goes.