F1 stewards verdict on Verstappen-Norris crash at Austrian GP: Who was to blame?

Lando Norris and Max Verstappen came together on Lap 64 at the 2024 Austrian Grand Prix

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A rather uneventful 2024 Austrian Grand Prix was brought to life in the final 15 laps when Max Verstappen and Lando Norris went wheel-to-wheel eventually coming together on Lap 64, but who was at fault in the Verstappen-Norris crash?

That crash resulted in a puncture for Verstappen who managed to make it back to the pits and eventually finished fifth. Norris on the other hand, retired from the race with damage to his car. 

Verstappen was given a 10-second penalty during the race as a result of the collision between he pair, so here is the official verdict from the F1 stewards at the Red Bull Ring.

“Car 1 [Verstappen] was approaching Turn 3 with Car 4 [Norris] alongside on his left,” the statement from stewards read.

“Before turning in, the driver of Car 1 moved to the left, causing a collision with Car 4. 

“The Stewards determine that the driver of Car 1 was predominantly at fault and therefore impose the above mentioned penalty in line with precedents.”

Verstappen was also given two penalty points on his superlicence for the crash with Norris after the stewards reviewed video and in-car video evidence.

Max Verstappen leads Lando Norris of McLaren during 2024 Austrian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Max Verstappen leads Lando Norris of McLaren during 2024 Austrian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Russell takes advantage of Verstappen-Norris crash

Mercedes’ George Russell secured a surprising victory at the 2024 Austrian Grand Prix after a dramatic race saw Verstappen and Norris crash while battling for the lead. Verstappen, who started from pole position, led for most of the race until a slow pit stop on Lap 52 allowed Norris to close in.

Their duel intensified, culminating in a collision on Lap 64 that resulted in punctures for both, forcing them to pit and dropping Verstappen down the order while Norris retired. Russell, running in third before the incident, capitalized on the situation to take the lead and hold it until the chequered flag, marking his second career win in Formula 1.

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