Lando Norris is just two penalty points away from a Formula 1 race ban. The McLaren driver received two penalty points during the Austrian Grand Prix, making it a total of 10.
Norris received two penalty points during the Austrian Grand Prix as he and Sergio Perez were fighting for position, with the Mexican going off the track and into the gravel at turn 4. The McLaren driver questioned the decision of the stewards calling it “stupid,” but Michael Masi had defended the decision.
Now, McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl has revealed that former team driver Stoffel Vandoorne is the first option to jump into the cockpit should Norris receive an additional two penalty points, which would cost him a Grand Prix.
He said McLaren “have an agreement with Mercedes regarding their reserve drivers,” with their “first choice” being Vandoorne.
Seidl also added his disagreement with the decision, saying that “we all agree that in an incident like with Checo it is not in the interests of Formula 1 and sport if a driver is suspended for a race because of such an incident.”