Masi reveals Red Bull asked race control to review Norris/Perez incident

Sergio Perez (Red Bull) after the incident with Lando Norris (McLaren) in Austria 2021. Credits: Reddit.

Michael Masi, the FIA race director, has unveiled that after the incident between Norris and Perez, Red Bull immediately requested that the stewards should look at it again.

The race director revealed that the team immediately expressed concerns about the maneuver of Norris and Perez and requested a review.

In the incident at turn 4, Perez tried to overtake the Briton on the outside and was then forced into the gravel by Norris. The Mexican dropped back to P10 as a result. The McLaren driver was thus given a 5-second penalty.

Christian Horner, the Red Bull team boss, has said that the penalty was too harsh and that he believes it was just a racing incident. However, Masi has stated that Red Bull wanted an immediate review.

“One that came on immediately was Red Bull, asking for the incident with Lando Norris and Sergio Perez to be looked at.”

“And then, in both circumstances, Ferrari asking for the incident between Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez to be looked at. There might have been a couple of others but, outside of that, I didn’t have anyone questioning anything that went up under investigation.”

Lando Norris was of course upset about the 5-second penalty afterward, but he was even more upset about the 2 penalty points he got. This brings him to 10 penalty points in the last 12 months. Masi has disputed the claim that the penalties are set too high.

“It’s a penalty point system that exists. So, it has been there all the way through, no different to those driving on the road in a lot of countries that have the maximum number of points that they have to abide by.”

“And they have to adjust driving style and so forth accordingly. So, no, I do not think they’re harsh. That was discussed late last year. And it’s funny because it affects different drivers in different teams in different ways.”

“The consensus was at the end of last year from involving everyone, teams, the FIA and F1, that there shouldn’t be a change for this year. And it is not something that we would ever change mid-year. So that is the penalty scale is something that the teams all agree upon, and actually have input into at the start of the year. That is what the stewards use.”

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