The Spanish Grand Prix stewards decided against punishing either Lance Stroll or Lando Norris for their collision at Turn 2 that saw both drivers retire from the race.
Stroll defended the inside line into Turn 1 as Norris attacked, with the McLaren then trying to stay on the outside of the first corner to have the inside line for Turn 2. With half of Norris’ car alongside, Stroll turned into the apex of Turn 2 and Norris didn’t back out in time, resulting in both cars retiring on the spot and the safety car being deployed.
“I didn’t really see the replay so I’ll have to check it out in detail, but there was not much room there,” Stroll said. “I had to make the corner, so I turned in. There wasn’t much I could do. I braked on the inside and went deep into the first corner, and then I had to turn in for the next corner and unfortunately there was not enough space for both cars.”
Norris (pictured, top) believes he had enough of his car alongside Stroll to be entitled to space at Turn 2, but says the lack of points on offer for him softens the blow as the pair were fighting outside the top 10.
“It was pretty simple, to be honest,” Norris said. “I was on the outside into Turn 1, he knew I was there, he defended into Turn 1. After that, I don’t know if he saw me going into Turn 2 but I was still on the inside then for Turn 2 and he just turned in and didn’t leave me enough space, basically.
“He cut across the front of my car and he put himself out of the race and me out of the race. So a bit annoyed I didn’t get to finish my fifth grand prix, but at the end of the day we weren’t in the points so it didn’t cost us as much as it could have done in another race or anything.
“I didn’t think it was my fault, but I was the guy driving the car so I effectively lost the race for the team. It wasn’t for points, so it wasn’t as annoying as it could have been if we were in the points.”
After both drivers visited the stewards, their decision stated, “The driver of car 4 could have backed out of the attempted overtake into Turn 2 (but) the driver of car 18 might have been more aware of the possibility that car 4 could be on his inside. Accordingly, we believe that neither driver was ‘wholly or predominantly to blame.’”