Ross Brawn: F1 warns teams against ‘unwarranted aggression’ after penalty controversy in Austria GP

Ross Brawn on Lando Norris and Sergio Perez
Lando Norris and Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez and Lando Norris both suffered penalties during the Austria Grand Prix which resulted in the F1 managing director Ross Brawn is declaring that the ‘unwarranted aggression’ is uncalled after both spoken about driver’s were involved in an incident on the race day. The McLaren driver was forced with a five second penalty after forcing Perez into the gravel at turn four. 

On the other hand, the Mexican driver was handed the penalty twice after another incident with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. F1’s managing director motorsports Brawn recognises the stewards faced a dilemma with their deliberations. However, it is highly applauding that Norris ended as the driver of the day even after conceding the penalty. 

Ross Brawn and F1 warns teams against unwarranted aggression causing accidents 

Ross Brawn
Ross Brawn

Brawn stated as per GP Fans in his regular post-race column, “There were some tough decisions regarding penalties in the race. No one, including the stewards, wants to see penalties and I think they will be debated for a long time. 

“But equally, we can’t have unregulated aggression on the track. It’s not what we want to see either. Finding that balance isn’t always easy.” 

In finishing just two seconds behind runner-up in Valtteri Bottas, Norris could arguably have claimed second place, although his penalty was so early in the race it is hard to determine how the strategy will have played out late on.

Lando Norris
Lando Norris

For Brawn, though, he is in no doubt Norris was the driver of the day as he “delivered a sensational qualifying performance and followed it up with a great race.” Brawn added, “Max was a machine again, but I think Lando was punching well above his weight. He was highly rated when he arrived in Formula 1 and is now consistently delivering on that expectation. The McLaren driver has been constantly evolving this year and seems to have made a major step. He’s an amazing talent.” 

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