Formula 1

Norris expects penalty for Leclerc breaking Monaco’s ‘one rule’

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
1 min read

Lando Norris expects Charles Leclerc to be penalised ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, with the stewards having summoned both for a hearing.

Leclerc had put his Ferrari SF-23 third on the grid in the pole shoot-out, while Norris’ Q3 was compromised by a repair delay after he had hit the wall in his McLaren late in Q2.

But, once Norris did emerge out of the pits, he came up on Leclerc in the tunnel section of the Monaco circuit, his lap written off immediately.

Leclerc is yet to publicly address the incident – but, while the compact nature and narrowness of the track mean traffic is more of an unavoidable reality in Monaco than at most other circuits, for Norris this particular case crossed a line.

“He just blocked me. Simple as that,” he told SkySportsF1.

Asked what he wanted to see now, Norris said: “A penalty for him [Leclerc].

“There’s one rule, which is don’t slow down in the middle of the tunnel, and that’s what he did.”

The stewards’ hearing took place at 1800 local time.

If Leclerc is demoted down the order, Alpine’s Esteban Ocon will be promoted to third place, while Leclerc’s team-mate Carlos Sainz will join Ocon on the second row.

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