Regardless of Max Verstappen, who is doing another championship, the debate on who is the best driver of the moment is heated. A broad consensus is being found by Lando Norris. And it’s all well deserved. Because the Briton is the only rider in the paddock always in points from the start of the World Championship, and then he conquered another podium, the second on this track after the fantastic one in 2020. Already amazing in qualifying yesterday, Norris repeated himself in the race despite a penalty of five seconds for an episode in the opening stages: at the exit of the Schlossgold the # 4 pushed Sergio Perez off the track. A penalty that Norris considered excessive in the post-race declarations, also because it would have cost him the second place in the race, just behind the unreachable Verstappen.
F1 Drivers’ World Championship after the Austrian GP 2021
“Stewards are sometimes too strict, and that was the case today. It’s not even a problem of consistency, they have to understand that it’s the races, I think everyone knows that. Perez tried to overtake me on the outside and went out because he braked too late“, These are the words a Sky Sport F1. “When cornering, he would have understeer and he should have known that I would also have understeer. It’s not like I wanted to push him out. He had little space, he went outside because he looked for space where there wasn’t. I couldn’t do anything about it. I am frustrated because it cost us second place in the race. It’s nice to know we could have been second, but I’m a little sad that we didn’t win it. However, I am happy with third place, we have somehow remedied“.