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Norris: Penalty doesn't make sense to me

Norris: Penalty doesn’t make sense to me

Norris: Penalty doesn't make sense to me
McLaren’s Lando Norris said a five second penalty in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix for ‘unsportsmanlike behaviour’ made no sense.

The punishment dropped the 23-year-old Briton out of the points from ninth to 13th.

Stewards explained that Norris had slowed more than usual while the safety car was deployed to avoid a ‘double stack’ delay when he pitted behind his Australian team mate Oscar Piastri.

“It doesn’t make sense to me,” he told Sky Sports television. “If it’s because of the delta (time) difference then most people should be given penalties for the last three years or four years, so I’m a bit confused but nothing I can do.

“I slowed down to try and warm up the tyres a little bit and then as soon as they told me to box, I pushed and tried going as fast as I can,” he added.

Commenting on his race later in McLaren press release, Norris said: “An intense race. We were a little bit unlucky that I lost the position at the beginning but happy apart from that.

McLaren made the most out of the race

“I think the pace was OK, it was good to compete on-track for some points. A difficult race though in terms of tyre degradation and overtaking, but I think we made the most of it today, so I’m happy.

“Of course, unfortunate we got the penalty but we’ll review that as a team. Next up is Austria, one of my favourite tracks, so I’m looking forward to it. We’ll give it our all and try to score some points,” the Briton concluded.

McLaren left the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with no points, Piastri finishing 11th, and further behind fifth-placed rivals Alpine.

McLaren Team Principal, Andrea Stella, summed up: “It’s a shame to leave Canada with no points at the end of a race where we were keenly competitive in the midfield. Lando crossed the line P9 but was penalised five seconds and demoted to P13, which is unfortunate.

“The positive that we’re taking away from Montréal is that the car had good race pace today in some parts of the race, but again we struggled, especially in the second stint, when tyres get too hot.

“We’re looking forward to the future now and to upgrading the MCL60, with a view to strengthening our pace and getting into the points consistently in the future,” Stella concluded.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, Additional reporting by GrandPrix247)