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Dane Miller’s 2024 Formula 1 Snapshot for Round 11

The latest heading into the British Grand Prix after the collision-marred race in Austria

Posted on July 5, 2024

  By Dane Miller, SuperWest Sports

The 2024 Formula 1 season took a turn last weekend in Austria.

For the last two months, McLaren has had a faster car than Red Bull, and the tensions finally boiled over.

With around 10 laps to go in the race, McLaren’s Lando Norris was gaining on Max Verstappen and well-positioned to get the pass completed.

When Norris went for the pass to take the lead in the race, Verstappen made a late block resulting in contact between the cars.

Formula 1 driver Lando Norris headshot

Both drivers had to go to the pit lane for service and Norris was forced to drop out of the race. The referees of F1 (the “Stewards”) gave Verstappen a penalty for the move, blaming him for causing the collision.

The Dutch driver ended up finishing in fifth place while Lando wound up in dead last as the only driver to retire from the race.

In an instant, the Formula 1 world flipped on Verstappen. Suddenly, his driving techniques against Lewis Hamilton in the famous 2021 title fight came roaring back to mind.

Now, Max is viewed as a dirty driver by almost everyone in the sport.

The video clip below from McLaren Team Principal Andrea Stella frames the issue perfectly.

…if you don’t address these things honestly they will come back…because they were not addressed properly in the past when there were some fights with Lewis that needed to be punished in a harsher way…it’s about racing within the regulations and the regulations must be enforced in a way that is effective.

– Andrea Stella, McLaren Team Principal

There’s no denying that McLaren have the pace advantage over Red Bull. Their car is simply better.

Max is now forced to win races purely on talent and strategy.

So the knives are out. On both sides.

Television Schedule for British Grand Prix

Time: Sunday, 7:00 am PT
Channel: ESPN2

Constructor Standings

Red Bull – 355 Points
Ferrari – 291 Points
McLaren – 268 Points

Driver Standings

Max Verstappen – 237 Points
Lando Norris – 156 Points
Charles Leclerc – 150 Points

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