Stella: "Unacceptable" crash shows McLaren drivers put themselves above team
During lap 24 of the race, there was a collision between the McLaren drivers, Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris, at the first chicane. Piastri rejoined the track alongside Norris, resulting in contact between their cars. Although there was no major damage and no penalties were given, McLaren team boss Stella deemed the incident “unacceptable.” He emphasized the importance of clear parameters and stated that there should never be contact between two McLaren cars. Stella also considered whether Piastri misjudged the situation due to emerging on colder tires. He concluded that the incident was likely a small misjudgment, but stressed that drivers should never put the team at risk. Stella affirmed that McLaren’s duo were “free to race,” but stated that they should respect the team’s principles and stay within the established parameters.