Norris: “Dangerous” close call with Ocon triggered by lap time delta
During the Q1 session at Monza, Ocon overtook Norris before the Ascari chicane, but Norris re-passed him before heading into Parabolica to start a hot lap. Norris later expressed his concern about Ocon’s actions, calling it “very dangerous”. Norris explained that he had to pass Ocon due to the race director’s demand for a maximum lap time during qualifying. Norris believed that the rule had both positive and negative effects, as it forced drivers into certain situations. However, he understood that he needed to overtake Ocon in order to stay within his allowed lap time. Norris also mentioned that the session was cleaner than expected, possibly because the importance of a tow was diminished with the new aero packages. Ocon denied that his actions were dangerous and believed that both drivers managed the situation well.