Lando Norris mocks: “A six-year-old understands” / Formula 1

Formula 1 racing boss Michael Masi does not understand the complaints from McLaren driver Lando Norris about his punishment in Baku. Masi indirectly mocks Norris: “Even a six-year-old understands it.”

Lando Norris was pissed off. The English McLaren driver did not understand the world after the final training for the Azerbaijan GP because he received a penalty transfer. Because of a red flag offense, the sixth fastest time was useless, he had to start the race from position 9. Norris was fifth in the Grand Prix and overtaken by Baku winner Sergio Pérez in the Drivers’ Championship, Lando is in fourth place.

And that happened in qualifying: the red flag was shown in the first qualifying segment after Antonio Giovinazzi had put his Alfa Romeo on the right-hand side of the slope. Norris was at the height of the pit entrance when the training session was stopped.

Lando asked on the radio if he should come in and pulled accordingly to the left, but then the Briton decided to stay on the track and turned right again before McLaren answered. According to race stewards Gerd Ennser and Achim Loth (both Germany), Enrique Bernoldi (Brazil) and Anar Shukurov (Azerbaijan), Norris should have gone to the pits. In their opinion, a consultation was not necessary at all.

Norris felt that she was being treated unfairly: “From my point of view, I haven’t done anything wrong. They should think about how quickly a pilot has to react. I just didn’t have the time to talk to my race engineer for a long time. I thought I did the safest thing in this situation. This punishment is unfair and stinks a lot to me. Every now and then one should judge with a little more common sense. I have not endangered anyone. A warning would have been enough in this case. Instead, I also received penalty points. “

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Formula 1 racing director Michael Masi cannot agree with this opinion. In his debriefing on the Baku GP, the Australian said straight out: “From karting to Formula 1, the behavior for a driver when the flag is red is always the same – slow down and return to the pits. Even a six-year-old who drives karting for the first time will understand. There is no ambiguity there. It’s the same on all racetracks. “

“As far as the penalty is concerned, the level of punishment is up to the assessment of the respective race stewards. You have a guideline, but you also have some leeway. They even issued a lighter sentence. The penalty points are perfectly fine because it was a red flag offense. “

Azerbaijan GP, ​​Baku

01. Sergio Pérez (MEX), Red Bull Racing RB16B-Honda, 1:39:40,034h
02. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin AMR21-Mercedes, +1,421 sec
03. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri AT02-Honda, +2,865
04. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari SF21, +3.995
05. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren MCL35M-Mercedes, +4,918
06. Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine A521-Renault, +6,604
07. Yuki Tsotaka (J), AlphaTauri AT02-Honda, +7,063
08. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari SF21, +7,936
09. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren MCL35M-Mercedes, +9,132
10. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN), Alfa Romeo C41-Ferrari, +10.021
11. Antonio Giovinazzi (I), Alfa Romeo C41-Ferrari, +10.727
12. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Mercedes W12, +11,748
13. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas VF-21-Ferrari, +14,018
14. Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Haas VF-21-Ferrari, +14,615
15. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes W12, +17,789
16. Nicholas Latifi* (CDN), Williams FW43B-Mercedes, +13,052
* 10-second stop-and-go penalty converted into 30-second time penalty (pit lane not used during the yellow phase)
Out
George Russell (GB), Williams FW43B-Mercedes, gearbox defect
Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing RB16B-Honda, tire damage, accident
Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin AMR21-Mercedes, tire damage, accident
Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine A521-Renault, Motordefekt

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World Championship stand after 6 of 22 races

01. Verstappen 105 Punkte
02. Hamilton 101
03. Pérez 69
04. Norris 66
05. Leclerc 52
06. Bottas 47
07. Sainz 42
08. Gasly 31
09. Vettel 28
10. Ricciardo 26
11. Alonso 13
12. Ocon 12
13. Stroll 9
14. Tsunoda 8
15. Raikkonen 1
16. Giovinazzi 1
17. Schumacher 0
18. Russell 0
19. Mazepin 0
20. Latifi 0

Constructors Championship
01. Red Bull Racing 174 Punkte
02. Mercedes 148
03. Ferrari 94
04. McLaren 92
05. AlphaTauri 39
06. Aston Martin 37
07. Alpine 25
08. Alfa Romeo 2
09. Haas 0
10. Williams 0

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