Norris calls out Merc drivers known to be cheating

Following a controversial Sprint race at the Circuit of the Americas, McLaren driver Lando Norris has publicly called for harsher penalties in Formula One.

Norris claims that the FIA’s lenient approach to rule-breaking, particularly when it comes to off-track overtaking, encourages drivers to deliberately break the rules in order to gain position on the track.

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The 23-year-old British driver argues that the current system can encourage drivers to strategically accept a five-second penalty for overtaking a slower rival, rather than lose valuable time by staying behind. According to Norris, this issue has been raised repeatedly during driver briefings, but it appears that the FIA has yet to fully grasp the gravity of the situation.

In particular, both Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell overtook cars whilst off the circuit.


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A case in point: Piastri v Russell

Norris’ concerns follow an incident involving his McLaren teammate Oscar Piastri and Mercedes’ George Russell during the recent Austin sprint race. Piastri lost a position to Russell in a move the Australian described as “blatant”, with Russell appearing to deliberately run him off the track and opting for a penalty instead.

“What I find a bit silly is that these issues have been discussed extensively in the drivers’ briefings,” said Norris. He specifically mentioned that George Russell had raised the same issue at Barcelona earlier in the season.



“We discussed that if you’re quicker you can get past someone and easily gain more than five seconds, especially at tracks like Monaco where you can cut the chicane,” he explained. Norris criticised the FIA for inconsistency, pointing out that previous discussions had led to an agreement that drivers would have to give back any position gained through an illegal move.

This, he claims, has not been implemented.


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Norris’ solution: A call for tougher penalties

Norris concluded by suggesting that the solution is either to require drivers to give up any positions they have gained illegally immediately, or to significantly increase the time penalty.

“If it’s your fault, give it back,” stressed Norris. “You’ve taken the risk, you’ve committed to it, so fix it immediately.”

He also called for harsher penalties across the board, not just for overtaking off the track.

“I just think the penalties in general need to be harsher,” said Norris. “When you have light penalties like losing three places for blocking in qualifying, it doesn’t act as a strong deterrent.”

His comments echo a growing sentiment within the F1 community, pointing to the need for more consistent and stringent enforcement of the rules to maintain the integrity of the sport. It remains to be seen how the FIA will respond to this growing criticism.

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8 responses to “Norris calls out Merc drivers known to be cheating

  1. Norris is such a little snitch, if a faster car is stuck behind all its doing preventing a decent race further up the field and will get by eventually but by then the race is ruined

    • Absolutely Andy, he’s becoming another whining little boy, trying to get on the right side of whining Max. Really pathetic.

    • Absolutely Andy, he’s such a little whining brat, trying to get on the side of whining Max. Pathetic!!!

  2. Bad loser. It is getting like football rules keep changing. No body knows what is going on any more .kick the money men out of sports.

  3. A faster car stuck behind a slower one… Why is that such a problem? How is the faster car trying to pass the slower car not as decent of a race as what might be going on further up the field? How did the slower car end up ahead of the faster one? Perhaps the driver of the faster car made a mistake and ended up getting passed. I’ve been in both positions myself. That’s just racing! Sometimes it just sucks. As for going off the track to make a pass; that simply didn’t happen in my racing days. If you went off the track you were on the grass, in the gravel, or into the wall. No exceptions. The time you lost, assuming you were able to get back to the asphalt, was always more than five seconds. A five second time penalty is not enough.

  4. He is right, but nothing will change. If they are drivers, and know how to pass cars, they should do it properly. They even have it easier than drivers of the past that didn’t have the privilege of DRS.

  5. If lap time is deleted and instead of a 5 seconds penalty should lapse that lap and be a lap down whatever position you are in the race

  6. Here’s a thought now this American firm are increasing the number of races assuming to make more money and they want it to be a FAMILY sport why not try fining the drivers with the dirty mouths such as whinging max.

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