Safe to say, the Russian Grand Prix proved to be the crulest for McLaren’s Lando Norris. Moreover, he just escaped with a reprimand following a post-race investigation after the race at Sochi. After a heartbreaking loss at Sochi in the dying laps, Lando Norris was being reported to be summoned by the stewards for crossing the white lane at pit entry.
To those who are unaware, the charismatic and young Briton lost control of his car in tricky conditions as he attempted to box for intermediate tyres amid a late downpour and ran over the white line at the entrance to the pits, before cutting back across.
Lando Norris Drops to P8 at Russian GP
Typically, such infringements would result in a sporting penalty but the stewards ruled that Norris had “slowed considerably” to “approximately half of his normal pit entry speed” in the rapidly deteriorating conditions.
“Although obviously the driver chose to remain out on the track on hard compound slick tyres when others chose to change to intermediates, and therefore sought to gain an advantage in retaining his race position, we do not consider that the crossing of the painted area was intentional or predictable in the circumstances,” the stewards concluded as quoted by Crash.Net.F1.
As a result, Norris’ result remains unchanged and he will keep the seven points he scored for finishing seventh and setting the fastest lap of the race.