An incident between Lando Norris and Sergio Perez at the last race in Abu Dhabi resulted in a five-second penalty for Perez, ensuring Mercedes finished second in the drivers’ championship, with Ferrari in third.
‣ An incident between Lando Norris and Sergio Perez at the last race in Abu Dhabi resulted in a five-second penalty for Perez.
‣ This penalty ensured Mercedes finished second in the drivers’ championship, with Ferrari in third.
‣ The penalty prevented Perez from taking points away from Mercedes, which would have allowed Ferrari to finish second in the constructors’ championship.
‣ Norris joked about the incident after the race, claiming he had planned for it all.
The last race in Abu Dhabi was a real nail-biter. A clash between Lando Norris and Sergio Perez led to a five-second penalty for Perez, the Mexican driver.
This penalty was a game-changer. It secured Mercedes a second-place finish in the drivers’ championship, leaving Ferrari to take third. The incident became a source of amusement for Norris, who shared a laugh about it with GPblog and others post-race.
Norris felt the incident was avoidable. During the race, Perez had been ahead at the apex, as he himself pointed out. Norris tried to make room for Perez, but it didn’t work out. The collision surprised him, and it led to the time penalty for Perez.
This penalty had a ripple effect. It stopped Perez from snatching points from Mercedes, ensuring their second-place finish in the constructors’ championship. Without the penalty, Ferrari might have taken that spot.
When asked about the incident, Norris had a humorous response. “Okay, that’s good. I planned for all of it. I knew, I expected, yeah,” he said.
In other news, Lando Norris seems to have a hard time staying away from Verstappen’s Red Bull. More on that later.