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Scandal in motorsport: Lando Norris and Max Verstappen strain their friendship after the crash

Scandal in motorsport: Lando Norris and Max Verstappen strain their friendship after the crash
Scandal in motorsport: Lando Norris and Max Verstappen strain their friendship after the crash

The manoeuvre at the Austrian Formula 1 GP sparked controversy and the Dutchman was sanctioned. The two are friends, but bitter rivals in motor racing.

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Lando Norris of McLaren He said he would lose respect for Max Verstappen If the Red Bull driver did not apologize for the collision that shattered hopes of winning the Austrian Grand Prix Formula 1. The two are friends off the track, but fierce rivals on weekends in the top category of the motoring.

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The commissioners ruled that Max Verstappentriple world champion, was the main culprit for causing the collision and was given a 10-second penalty, which had no impact on his result, as well as two penalty points. Max Verstappenwho has fallen from first to fifth in the competition but now leads Norris by 81 points after 11 races, said the penalty was ridiculous and was backed by Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.

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“He (Norris) didn’t behave properly there Max. Desperately unfortunate, especially here, but you did the best you could,” he said on team radio. A disappointed Lando Norriswho retired with a puncture and damage to the car, said it was hard to take and accused Max Verstappen of being reckless and desperate in your driving.

The McLaren boss, enraged

“It depends on what he says. If he says he didn’t do anything wrong, then I lose a lot of respect for that,” he told Sky Sports television when asked if their relationship would change. McLaren boss Andrea Stellasuggested that the behavior of Max Verstappenand moving while braking in corners, was the result of the sport’s rules not being properly enforced years ago.

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“The problem behind this is that if you don’t address these things honestly, they will come back,” the Italian said. “They have come back today because they were not addressed properly in the past when there were some fights with Lewis (Hamilton in 2021) that needed to be punished in a harsher way.”

“We have so much respect for Red Bull, so much respect for Max, they don’t need to do this. It’s a way of almost compromising your reputation. Why would you do that?” Stella added. “The regulations must be applied in a way that is effective, because when a car is out of the race as a result of this accident, the punishment has to be proportional to the result.”

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