In a dramatic turn of events during the final race of the Formula 1 season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, a collision transpired between McLaren's Lando Norris and Red Bull's Sergio 'Checo' Pérez. The incident occurred when Checo, in a bold move, sought to overtake Norris at turn 6 on the Yas Marina Circuit. The attempt, however, led to a slight contact between the two racers.
Stewards' Verdict: Penalty for Checo
In the aftermath of the collision, race stewards declared Checo at fault, imposing a hefty five-second penalty on him. This decision led to a significant shift in the race's outcome, compelling Checo to forfeit a coveted podium finish. The penalty's consequences extended beyond the race, sparking a wave of controversy.
Checo and Norris: A War of Words
Post-race, Checo made no secret of his disappointment with the FIA's decision, arguing it was overly severe and inconsistent with the handling of other incidents during the season. In contrast, Norris responded with a veiled criticism of Checo's attitude, stating that such on-track conduct from Checo was par for the course. This comment suggested a lack of surprise at Checo's reaction to the penalty.
Checo's Assertion: A Call for Fairness
Undeterred by the backlash, Checo defended his stance, maintaining that the penalty was unjust. He pointed to other incidents of greater severity that went without penalties, calling into question the stewards' decision-making quality. According to Checo, these decisions fall short of the high standards expected in Formula 1. His comments have ignited a debate on the fairness and consistency of penalties in the sport.