Red Bull has received a penalty of €20,000 due to Isack Hadjar’s close call with Lando Norris during FP1 at Silverstone.

FIA Fines Red Bull and Issues Formal Driver Warning Following Lando Norris Incident

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Red Bull Racing has been fined €20,000 following an incident involving Isack Hadjar and Lando Norris during FP1 at Silverstone.

The young French driver, who was driving Sergio Perez’s car for the session, almost caused a significant crash when he failed to move off the racing line, forcing Norris to take evasive action.

Incident Overview

Hadjar was participating in one of the two mandatory rookie sessions that teams must run, and had until that point experienced a relatively smooth session.

However, the situation nearly turned disastrous when Hadjar was moving slowly out of Turn 2. Lando Norris had to brake heavily to avoid a collision, narrowly missing the rookie driver.

Steward Investigation and Decision

The incident was promptly investigated by the stewards, including Garry Connelly, Matthew Selley, Enrique Bernoldi, and Ian Watson.

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After reviewing the situation, they decided to issue a formal warning to Hadjar and fine Red Bull €20,000. The stewards explained their reasoning, stating that “the driver was not given timely and appropriate warning of the approach of Car 4 [Norris].

The driver of Car 4 was forced to brake heavily and leave the track to avoid a collision. The team of Car 37 conceded that it had not provided the necessary advice to its driver.”

Broader Context and Comparisons

Red Bull was not the only team penalized for impeding another driver during the session. Aston Martin received a €15,000 fine for a similar incident involving Lance Stroll and Charles Leclerc.

The stewards determined that Aston Martin, like Red Bull, had failed to provide timely and adequate radio information to Stroll regarding Leclerc’s position on the track.

However, Aston Martin’s fine was lower as the stewards judged the incident to be less severe. Stroll, like Hadjar, received a formal warning.

Implications and Team Responses

The fines and warnings underscore the importance of clear communication and situational awareness during practice sessions.

Both Red Bull and Aston Martin acknowledged their lapses in providing necessary information to their drivers, highlighting the critical role of team coordination in maintaining safety on the track.

As the season progresses, teams are likely to be more vigilant in ensuring that their rookie drivers are well-informed and prepared to avoid similar incidents.

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In conclusion, the €20,000 fine imposed on Red Bull and the formal warning issued to Isack Hadjar serve as a reminder of the stringent safety standards in Formula 1.

The incident with Lando Norris at Silverstone illustrates the potential dangers of miscommunication and the importance of timely warnings to drivers.

As teams continue to integrate rookies into their line-ups, ensuring robust communication protocols will be essential to prevent future mishaps.

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