Vandoorne ‘first choice’ should Norris be banned

July 11 2021 , 11:31 am

Andreas Seidl fears there is a “risk” Lando Norris could be hit with a one-race ban, with Stoffel Vandoorne “first choice” to replace the McLaren driver if that happens.

Norris was one of several drivers penalised during the second race at the Red Bull Ring, the Austrian GP, the McLaren driver deemed to have run Sergio Perez off the track at Turn 4 as they battled for second place early in the grand prix.

Norris was given a five-second time penalty before also being hit with two penalty points.

That brought his tally up to 10, although he will lose two of those at the British Grand Prix weekend as penalty points are counted over a rolling 12-month period.

But even down to eight in a few days, McLaren team boss Seidl fears his driver is skating on thin ice.

“It is not reassuring. There is a fundamental risk,” he said.



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