Norris closed in on a maiden grand prix victory after checking the procedure from pole position before a late rainstorm turned the race upside down.
Norris chose to stay out on slicks while the majority of other drivers got in on intermediates, only for the decision to backfire as the rain got heavier.
The McLaren driver was eventually able to pit at the end of lap 51 – two laps after the final race winner Lewis Hamilton – but was shown on the TV feed that cut across the white line as he drew his car in the pits.
The trustees noted the incident and confirmed that they would investigate after the race and sent out a summons to Norris to meet them at. 1745 local time in Sochi.
Cutting the white line at the pit entrance typically guarantees a five-second penalty, as seen in Austria earlier this year with Yuki Tsunoda.
But the trustees chose to give Norris only a reprimand for the incident, explaining that he had slowed down considerably to try to get into the pits and that it was not intentional to cut the line.
“The managers took into account that the driver of Car 4 on the previous lap had passed through turn 17 (next to Pit Entry) at a relatively high speed without loss of control,” reads the stewards bulletin.
“During the ensuing lap, conditions deteriorated rapidly and varied in different parts of the circuit. The driver lowered significantly as he entered the Pit Entry, with his speed about half of his normal pit entry speed, but still losing control and slid across painted area between Pit Entry and the course.
“Although the driver obviously chose to stay out on the track on hard compound slippery tires as others chose to switch to intermediates and therefore sought to gain an advantage by maintaining his running position, we do not believe that crossing the painted area was intentional or predictable. under the circumstances. “
It marks Norris’ first driving indictment of the season, but means the McLaren driver will not lose any more positions after his heartbreaking defeat to Hamilton in the late rainstorm.
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