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Lando Norris

Norris frustrated by penalty that cost him second: It was stupid

McLaren's Lando Norris felt second place went begging for him as a result of a time penalty he was given for an early incident with Red Bull's Sergio Perez.

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McLaren's Lando Norris may have finished in third place in Austria, but the young British driver felt he missed out on second place as a result of an early incident with Red Bull's Sergio Perez.

Perez had been trying to overtake Norris just after an early Safety Car, trying around the outside of Turn 4. Perez was run out of room and ended up in the gravel, with Norris picking up a five second time penalty as a result. Serving the penalty at the pit stop, Norris ended up shuffled behind Valtteri Bottas and finished just behind the Mercedes at the chequered flag.

"It was a lot of fun, it was exciting but I'm disappointed because we should have been second place," Norris explained after the race.

"I thought that Lap 1 was just racing really, he tried to go around the outside which is a bit stupid and he ran off the track himself. I didn't even push him so I don't know, I'm frustrated, but I'm also happy with the P3. We had very good pace.

"I think we had good pace, I could keep up with them a lot, even in the dirty air but not enough to get into the DRS. As soon as I got close to one second I started struggling too much. Shoulda coulda woulda in the end! It's nice to know that we can be there and we can race them, probably the first time in many years of actually racing a Mercedes and the Red Bulls but hopefully we can keep it up next time."

F1 2021 Austrian Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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