The Austrian Grand Prix, held on the Red Bull Ring track, will be remembered above all for the rain of penalties inflicted between Saturday and Sunday by the Race Direction. In fact, nine riders, in just two days, were hit by disciplinary sanctions. Among these, the one that made the experts and enthusiasts discuss the most was the one assigned to Lando Norris for having ‘accompanied’ Sergio Perez’s Red Bull off the track, when he had risked an overtaking attempt on the outside in curve 4. Later, Perez himself was punished for the same action, carried out twice to the detriment of the Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc.
Oh No !! @LandoNorris + 5s penalty. Wish I’d had these Stewards when I racing a certain German # f1
– Damon Hill (@ HillF1) July 4, 2021
In defense of the young British talent of McLaren, third at the finish line and author of a splendid GP – so much so that he was elected driver of the day – the compatriot lined up Damon Hill. The 1996 world champion, during the race, posted a controversial tweet towards the Race Direction, which also turned into a direct dig at his ancient rival in many battles, Michael Schumacher. In fact, between the English former Williams and the Kaiser, there was no lack of ‘tense stories’ on the track in the mid-90s. Unforgettable the 1994 Adelaide incident, which gave Schumacher the first world title, snatching it from Hill’s hands. But also the contacts between the two at Silverstone and Monza in the following season.
“Oh no! Lando took a five-second penalty. I would have liked to have had these Stewards when I was competing against a certain German“ Hill wrote on the popular social network. The reference to the German ex Ferrari and Benetton is clear, often criticized in those years for his marked aggressiveness in the attack and especially in defense. Inevitably, Hill’s post generated an endless stream of replies and comments. To some the English champion himself wanted to answer. “Schumacher had a two-race disqualification and you lost anyway “, a message from a user. “No! I did it? I am devastated“, The ironic replica of the British champion.
No! Did I? Devastated.
– Damon Hill (@ HillF1) July 5, 2021