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Norris expects Verstappen Japan penalty after Q3 near miss

Lando Norris believes Max Verstappen will get a penalty for the near miss in Q3 in Japan.

Lando Norris expects Max Verstappen to be stripped of Japanese Grand Prix Formula 1 pole position after their near miss in Q3. On the out-laps ahead of the first runs, both cars were going slowly approaching the 130R corner to make space ahead of their push laps. Verstappen went through the corner ahead with a sizeable gap to Norris, who decided to start pushing on the entry to the corner. As the McLaren rounded the corner, Verstappen moved across to the left-hand side, forcing Norris to took avoidable action and across the gravel to not hit the Red Bull broadside. Verstappen has been summoned for a breach of Article 33.4 of the Sporting Regulations - driving unnecessarily slowly, erratically or dangerously - and will report to the stewards at 17:00pm local time - 09:00am BST. And Norris believes a penalty is forthcoming.

Norris expects penalty

"I mean, it was quite clear, he tried to do that," Norris explained to Sky Sports when asked if Verstappen was defending against him. "There's no rule on doing what you can do, but doing what he did is something that you cannot do. "People always overtake for the last corner. As much as everyone always agrees to [not do] it, everyone always does it. It doesn't matter. "He probably would have done the same if he was in my situation. But I wouldn't have swerved across in that situation. Norris believed a penalty was coming "for sure," and will start P10 for his second Japanese GP, and said he hoped for conditions somewhere between wet and dry to maximise the result.

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