Max Verstappen’s ‘desperate act’ called out by McLaren boss after Lando Norris collision

Max Verstappen and Lando Norris with punctures in Austria.

Max Verstappen and Lando Norris both with punctures during the Austrian Grand Prix.

McLaren team principal Andrea Stella believes Max Verstappen had “no need to act so desperately”, echoing Lando Norris’ views on their late-race collision in Austria.

Verstappen and Norris diced for the lead in the closing stages at the Red Bull Ring, with the two making contact at Turn 3 and both getting punctures as a result – allowing Mercedes’ George Russell to sweep through for an unexpected victory on Sunday.

Andrea Stella on Max Verstappen’s ‘divebomb’ claims after Lando Norris contact

Additional reporting by Thomas Maher

Norris gave a frustrated assessment of the contact after the race, though he said of Verstappen that “he ruined his race just as much as he ruined mine.”

Stella aired his annoyance, too, and said that Verstappen should expect to be patient in future if he is passed, because it is likely he will get the chance to re-overtake his rivals.

“We talked with Lando, I saw his comments,” Stella told media including PlanetF1.com after the race.

“I think he said the right things in saying ‘it’s a great battle, but there’s no need to act so desperately’.

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