"You wish that was a rule" – Lando Norris wants F1 to tighten rules on drivers misbehaving during qualifying 'on purpose' – Sportskeeda

Lando Norris believes the FIA and F1 should punish drivers who deliberately cause hindrances to others on track during qualifying.
Norris’ comments come after Alex Albon alleged that Alpine driver Fernando Alonso wittingly went down an escape route during the first qualifying session for the 2022 F1 Azerbaijan GP, ruining the Williams driver’s lap in the process. All the cars behind Albon at the time also bore the brunt of the incident.
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Qualifying in Monaco was also scuppered when a crash by Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and a pile-up involving Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz brought Q3 to a premature end, much to the disappointment of many drivers on their final flying lap.
These occurrences have led some to suggest that F1 take a page out of the IndyCar playbook and delete the best lap time of any driver that brings out yellow or red flags during qualifying.
Lando Norris feels the rules need to be strict when it comes to intentional discrepancies by drivers. In an interview following the 2022 F1 Azerbaijan GP, the 22-year-old said:
Norris, however, was quick to acknowledge that this could leave some gray areas while following the rules and be harsh on some drivers. The Briton went on to add, saying:
Lando Norris has reiterated that he is happy to be a team player with McLaren after team orders asked him to back off teammate Daniel Ricciardo during the 2022 F1 Azerbaijan GP.
Both McLaren drivers were able to score points in Baku for the first time since the 2022 F1 Australian GP. It was also the first race in which Ricciardo was able to outscore Norris, albeit with the help of team orders.
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Speaking in the post-race interview at the Baku City Circuit, Lando Norris revealed he had no regrets about the decision, saying:
Heading into the 2022 F1 Canadian GP weekend, Lando Norris is seventh in the World Drivers’ Championship with 50 points after eight rounds of racing in 2022.


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