McLaren has formally lodged a request for a right of review concerning the penalty imposed on Lando Norris during the Canadian Grand Prix. The penalty resulted in Norris dropping from ninth to 13th place and losing out on points, as the FIA deemed his behavior unsportsmanlike.
The FIA’s decision was based on their belief that Norris deliberately impeded his rivals during a safety car period, aiming to create a gap between himself and his teammate Oscar Piastri, who was leading the race. This maneuver was intended to prevent time loss during a double stack pit stop.
Both Norris and the McLaren team expressed dissatisfaction with the FIA’s ruling, as they believed it established a new precedent for race conduct. Consequently, McLaren has decided to escalate the matter by requesting that the governing body reevaluate the situation.
In a statement released on Friday evening, McLaren acknowledged the FIA’s efforts but expressed its discontent with the penalty imposed on Norris. As a result, the team has sought a right of review.
“While we fully support the FIA and the Stewards and have confidence in their challenging role, we were taken aback by the penalty in Canada and questioned the rationale behind the decision. Immediately after the race, we engaged in discussions with the Stewards to gain clarity on their reasoning,” McLaren stated.
McLaren emphasized the effectiveness of the FIA’s regulatory framework, which incorporates tools and processes to handle the complexities of Formula 1 operations, particularly decisions made during races. The team expressed its appreciation for the “right of review” provision, showcasing the sport’s commitment to reviewing decisions in the best interest of all parties involved.
Following a meticulous and thorough review, including an examination of precedents, McLaren believes it has gathered sufficient evidence to warrant a right of review. The team has subsequently submitted its request to the FIA.
“We will continue our close collaboration with the FIA, maintaining our constructive approach as usual. We are committed to accepting the outcome of their deliberations and decision,” McLaren affirmed.
To secure acceptance of a right of review, teams must present new and significant evidence that was not available to the FIA at the time of the initial decision. As per the FIA’s International Sporting Code, stewards or designated officials may choose to reevaluate their ruling upon discovering a petition for review supported by such new elements.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about F1 penalty
What is McLaren requesting a right of review for in F1?
McLaren is requesting a right of review from the FIA regarding the penalty imposed on Lando Norris during the Canadian Grand Prix.
Why did Norris receive a penalty in the race?
Norris received the penalty for what the FIA deemed unsportsmanlike behavior. They believed he deliberately held back rivals during a safety car period to create a gap between himself and his teammate.
Why is McLaren unhappy with the FIA’s ruling?
McLaren and Norris were unhappy with the ruling because they felt it set a new precedent for behavior during races, and they believed there was insufficient clarity and rationale behind the decision.
What does the “right of review” entail?
The “right of review” is a provision in the FIA’s regulatory framework that allows decisions to be reviewed if new significant evidence, not available at the time of the initial decision, is presented.
How does McLaren plan to proceed with the matter?
McLaren has lodged a formal request for a right of review, presenting comprehensive due diligence and evidence to support their case. They will collaborate with the FIA and accept the outcome of their deliberations.