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Brazilian Grand Prix 2023

Norris pole fate decided as stewards issue Sprint Shootout verdicts

Four drivers were summoned to see the Formula 1 stewards after the Sprint Shootout for the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, with pole-sitter Lando Norris one as the Esteban Ocon - Fernando Alonso crash was also investigated.

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Lando Norris has kept his Sao Paulo Grand Prix Sprint pole position after being cleared by stewards following an investigation.

Fresh off banking his first Sprint pole, Norris was promptly summoned by the stewards over not following the race director's notes over the maximum time between the two Safety Car lines during the Shootout.

The rule was brought in by race director Niels Wittich to prevent drivers backing up on out-laps, potentially causing dangerous situations with vast differences in closing speeds between a slow car and one on a flying lap.

It was found by the stewards that the incident involving Lando Norris was triggered by Charles Leclerc leaving the pits.

As the Ferrari did so, Yuki Tsunoda had to slow to create a gap to Leclerc - with this also impacting Norris.

Norris felt he had a choice between exceeding the delta time and overtaking Tsunoda - risking an impeding.

While accepting he took reasonable effort to avoid interfering with other cars, the stewards felt Norris could have done more to manage the delta time.

For this, he was hit with a reprimand, but kept his pole position. Tsunoda was also hit with a reprimand.

Ocon vs Alonso also investigated

The incident between Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso was investigated by the stewards after their crash at Turn 3 in SQ1.

The stewards found that Alonso was aware of Ocon approaching and moved off the racing line - but that he did turn more towards the racing line, thus giving Ocon less room.

This, combined with the fact that Ocon lost the car with the snap of oversteer meant the stewards felt 'no driver was wholly or predominantly to blame.'

Despite this, Ocon was not happy.

Speaking before the verdict was delivered, the Alpine driver maintained that Alonso was at fault.

"It’s a difficult one to swallow because we were on for a good improvement on that lap we were going to go through in SQ2," said Ocon.

"I found Fernando in the way. I heard people saying I lost the car, it’s not true. We had corrections like that throughout the whole [field] even on Lando [Norris’] quickest lap he had a correction there and ran wide.

"Fernando steered to the left in the middle of the corner and didn’t leave enough space and we collided.

"But in the end, it doesn’t matter. It is something that happened, and obviously we will now go on and focus on the race."

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