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Lando Norris

Norris bemused by Canada penalty but footage proves stewards case

Lando Norris finished in the points - but was demoted after receiving a penalty for "unsportsmanlike" conduct.

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A bemused Lando Norris suggested he should have received Formula 1 penalties for "three years" after being demoted out of the Canadian Grand Prix for "unsportsmanlike conduct".

Norris was hit with a five-second time penalty in Montreal by stewards after they deemed him to have backed up behind teammate Oscar Piastri under the Safety Car to avoid double-stacking in the pits.

Despite a late charge to try and negate the penalty and salvage points, Norris was classified 13th, dropping out of the points with teammate Piastri 11th.

Post-race, Norris claimed he did not back up - but on-board video footage of the McLaren shows him dropping back as the delta-time increases to open a gap to Piastri, with the British driver saying that if the offence was worth a penalty, then he should have received a similar one for the past three seasons.

Norris unsure over penalty

"I only got told to box like three seconds before the box, and by that time I was flat out," Norris told media including RacingNews365.

"It doesn't make any sense to me, there's plenty of times when you go slow under the Safety Car, so if I got a penalty today, I should have got a penalty for the last three years as well.

"So should everyone else, but I didn't do anything wrong, all [the team] said was that I had a five-second penalty but that was it, like five or 10 laps to go."

McLaren continued their pointless run in Canada as a result of the penalty, which will now stretch to 10 years since Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen scored in the 2014 race.

Norris is 11th in the standings with 12 points from the first eight races, with a best finish of sixth in Australia, while the team are sixth in the Constructors', 27 points behind rivals Alpine.

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