The Austrian Grand Prix was involved in several controversies over the sanctions against Czech Pérez already Lando norris. The Mexican had a 20-second penalty due to two collisions with Charles Leclerc, which exceeded the limits allowed by the FIA. As for the pilot of Mclaren, on the first lap he kicked Pérez off the track, although this maneuver did not seem so strong.
Many fans were upset by Lando Norris’ suspension. However, the FIA race director, Michael MasiHe explained in an interview published by the SoyMotor.com medium which were the reasons for sanctioning both pilots. In his words, Norris’s maneuvers with Pérez and Pérez with Charles Leclerc were excessively risky.
“First of all, in the case of Sergio with Lando, ‘Checo’ was completely next to Lando, so there is a responsibility to leave a car wide with respect to the limit of the track. Then it was the same in the movement with Sergio and at the exit of turn 4 and then with ‘Checo’ and Charles again at the exit of turn 6 ”, explained Masi after the Austrian Grand Prix.
On the other hand, Masi added that the decision on sanctions was not exclusively his responsibility, since that is what the commissioners of each race are in charge of. “Obviously I am not in the stewards’ room to deliberate, but his point of view was that in the three circumstances a car should have been left wide because there were two cars in parallel.”
In addition, he assured that when they step on the leca bed, the cars leave a lot of dirt on the track and this can be dangerous for the cars that are behind them. Obviously the leca has an impact in those places. In each incident you have to look at the advantages, at the characteristics of the circuit, “Masi sentenced to end the controversy of the weekend.
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