Norris: “Dangerous” F1 close call with Ocon triggered by lap time delta
During the Q1 session, Ocon overtook Norris before the Ascari chicane, but Norris managed to re-pass him at Parabolica just before starting a hot lap. Norris expressed concern about Ocon’s maneuvers, stating that they were very dangerous. Norris further explained that he had to overtake Ocon due to a rule set by race director Niels Wittich, which required drivers to maintain a maximum lap time to prevent slow laps for finding gaps or cooling tires. Norris felt that this rule had both positive and negative consequences. He also mentioned that the session was cleaner than expected, possibly because the benefits of slipstreaming were reduced with the 2023 aero packages. Ocon, on the other hand, denied that his actions were dangerous and attributed them to the tight time constraints imposed by the maximum lap time rule.