Lando Norris lost a points-scoring finish in Canada after the FIA penalised him for what they deemed to be “unsportsmanlike behaviour”.
When George Russell left a shower of debris on the circuit following his heavy whack of the wall on Lap 12, Norris was among the drivers heading to the pits, with McLaren deciding to double-stack their drivers.
The stewards though took issue with what they perceived as Norris slowing down to an unnecessary level, in order to create enough of a gap between he and team-mate Oscar Piastri so that he would not lose time by having his pit stop immediately after his team-mate’s.
The verdict from Race Control was that a five-second penalty would head Norris’ way, meaning P9 on the road became P13 in the final Canadian Grand Prix classification for the Brit.
Explaining their decision, the stewards wrote: “The stewards reviewed positioning/marshalling system data, video, timing, telemetry, team radio and in-car video evidence.
“During the Safety Car period the driver slowed to allow a gap to form between his team-mate in Car 81 and him. In doing so he delayed the cars behind. There was a significant difference in speed between Car 4 and Car 81 between Turns 10 and 13 (approximately 50 km/h).
“Article 12.2.1.l of the ISC refers to ‘any infringement of the principles of fairness in competition, behaviour in an unsportsmanlike manner or attempt to influence the results of a competition, in a way that is contrary to sporting ethics.'”
That then marked a point-less visit to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for McLaren, with Piastri having crossed the line P11.
And with Alpine’s Esteban Ocon scoring four points for a P8 finish, it means Alpine’s buffer over McLaren in P5 in the Constructors’ Championship has now grown slightly more daunting with a gap of 27 points following the Canadian Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen and Red Bull meanwhile continue to pull further clear of the competition, the Dutchman making it four wins in a row with Canadian GP victory, that also Red Bull’s 100th win.