During the first Free Practice session, Nico Hulkenberg found himself in the spotlight as he was summoned to the Stewards’ office following an incident involving Lando Norris. The incident occurred when Hulkenberg, the German driver representing Haas, was navigating the racing line on what seemed to be a slow lap. Unbeknownst to him, Norris was rapidly approaching from behind in his McLaren.
As the two drivers converged on the same section of the track, Norris attempted to go around Hulkenberg, but an unfortunate turn of events led to contact between their respective cars. The clash between the Haas and McLaren drivers raised eyebrows and sparked immediate interest among Formula 1 enthusiasts.
Acknowledging the seriousness of the situation, the race Stewards promptly noted the incident and announced their intention to launch an investigation once the Free Practice session concluded. With the session now in the books, Carlos Sainz emerged as the quickest driver, with Charles Leclerc and George Russell closely following him on the timesheets. As the dust settled, the Stewards officially summoned Nico Hulkenberg to discuss the incident in question.
“The driver and team representative are required to report to the Stewards at 12:45, in relation to the incident below:
“27- Nico Hulkenberg.
“Alleged breach of Appendix L, Chatpter IV, Article 2 d) of the International Sporting Code – Turn 12 incident between Cars 4 [Lando Norris] and 27 [Nico Hulkenberg] at 12:03.”
In the official letter issued by the Stewards, it was highlighted that Hulkenberg had posted the fourth-fastest time during the first and only free practice session. Meanwhile, his Haas teammate secured the tenth position on the timing charts.