Flashes of 'Max and Lewis' deterred Norris from fighting Ricciardo

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Flashes of 'Max and Lewis' deterred Norris from fighting Ricciardo

Lando Norris says he held back from challenging Daniel Ricciardo at Monza, fearing a fight with his McLaren teammate would end up in the gravel trap like Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

Norris completed McLaren's triumphant display in the Italian Grand Prix by finishing second behind Ricciardo, a position he boldly seized from Ferrari's Charles Leclerc on the race's restart at the end of the caution period triggered by the run-in at the first chicane between Verstappen and Hamilton.

With Formula 1's two title protagonists out of the way, the race was virtually McLaren's to lose, which was precisely why Norris refrained from attacking his leading teammate.

"I got a bit closer on one lap and I just kinda… I don’t know why… I had a few flashes seeing the incident between Max and Lewis," explained the Brition.

"I saw it quite well in my mirrors, so when I thought maybe I’ll try, that was flashing up in my head and I thought ‘naaah, maybe this isn’t the wisest decision’!

"So, I would have loved to [challenge for the win] but I’m just as happy in a way, like as much as I would have loved to go for the win, just finishing first and second, I’m just as happy with."

Starting fourth, Hamilton failed to outrun any of his rivals on the run down to the first corner, the Mercedes driver election to hold his own and slot himself in behind Norris.

However, just like in Saturday's sprint event, the seven-time world champion didn't have the straight-line speed to overhaul his McLaren rival.

But Norris admitted to a stressful afternoon at the Temple of Speed, with no moment to "chill out".

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"I think I had a good warm-up [on Saturday] with 18 laps trying to defend from him," commented Norris.

"I could figure him out quite quickly, where he was going to be strong and weak and so on.

"And he was on the hard tyre, so for the majority of it, I could hold him off reasonably easily but the last two or three laps of the stint, the hard tyre started to come back to him quite a bit.

"The whole race was stressful, not going to lie. There was not one moment where I thought I could relax and just chill-out a little bit."

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Masi: Red Bull claim it was not warned over Perez 'incorrect'

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Masi: Red Bull claim it was not warned over Perez 'incorrect'

FIA race director Michael Masi has denied Red Bull's claim that the team was not contacted over Sergio Perez's questionable overtake of Charles Leclerc at Monza.

Perez passed the Ferrari driver shortly on the restart after the mid-race caution period, executing the overtake at the Roggia chicane.

But the Mexican was positioned on the outside of Leclerc on the entry into the corner and then cut the latter and ran over the kerbs to emerge ahead on the exit.

The move was eventually sanctioned by the stewards who handed Perez a five-second penalty that dropped him from third to fifth in the final standings.

Immediately after the overtake, Perez asked his team if he needed to give the place back but there was no directive from the Red Bull pitwall as the team had not heard from race control on the matter.

"That was tough, because we were expecting a call from the stewards to say, if they weren't happy with it, give it back. Of course, the call didn't come," commented team boss Christian Horner after the race.

"Then, when eventually the penalty comes up, the gaps aren't opening up, so that was tough for him. He drove a good race today and third on the road, fifth overall, was a frustrating result."

But Masi denied Horner's claim, insisting he had communicated directly with the Red Bull pitwall after Perez's breach.

"No, that's incorrect," said Masi. "They didn't ask race control.

"I suggested to them that they may want to look at giving the position back, and they said they were looking at it themselves."

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Masi said the stewards, in their "holistic" approach in judging a driver who gains an unfair advantage by running off the track, will take into consideration the time it takes for someone to give back the position.

"We look at certain things from gaining a lasting advantage, and look at it in a holistic manner," explained the Aussie.

"So, where it's given up, how it's given up, etc. It all comes into the review of what is the lasting advantage.

"If you pulled across and stopped right before a DRS detection zone, let someone by and then took straight after them, that will probably be looked at very differently to giving it up three or four corners before.

"Some of them choose them strategically, but you also have to look at how quickly it actually happens in sequence."

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