“I’m Not in Perfect Condition”: Norris Makes a Bleak Admission Ahead of British GP

Published 07/16/2021, 3:25 AM EDT
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 looks on from the garage during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Earlier this week, McLaren’s Lando Norris was involved in an incident after attending the Euro 2020 final between Italy and England. The 21-year-old got his watch stolen from his wrist outside the Wembley stadium. And according to the Woking-based team, the young brit was unharmed, but ‘shaken’ after getting mugged.

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Heading into the British Grand Prix, Lando Norris is understandably feeling the physical and mental toll after his Richard Mille watch was stolen. The watch is presumed to be a limited edition in the blue and orange colors of McLaren; the expected worth of the watch is understood to be around $100,000.

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Lando Norris isn’t in the best of conditions ahead of the British GP

Speaking at the Drivers conference, Lando Norris admitted he cannot move on from the incident. Also, he revealed that he struggles to sleep.

“I’m not in perfect condition, I’m not going to lie, so yeah, some work to do mentally. Of course, I talk about that a lot, how mental health, mental strength is very important,” said McLaren’s in-form driver, Lando Norris.

“I’ve not been sleeping that great and so on, so yeah, not ideal and I’m feeling a bit sore. But, I don’t know, I’m not the guy in the worst position after Wembley.”

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 3, 2021. McLaren’s Lando Norris during the press conference after qualifying FIA/Handout via REUTERS.

“I’ll work on it, I’ll make sure I’m feeling better and in the best shape possible, and I feel like I can still go out and focus on the job I need to do so, that’s the main thing,” added Norris.

The McLaren driver thanked his fans after their support

The young Brit remained silent for a couple of days after the incident. Eventually, after a few days, Lando Norris broke his silence and thanked his fans. He posted a story on his Instagram and wrote, “Hi world, thanks for all the messages, everyone. Really means a lot to see so many messages of kindness and love from you all.”

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“Thought I’d let you know I’m doing well and trying to make sure I’m ready and in the right zone for this weekend to perform at my best. Love you all and can’t wait to see so many of you back at the track this weekend.”

Lando Norris, who has been in red hot form this season, is the only driver on the grid so far this season to score in all nine Grand Prix. Norris currently sits at P4 in the driver’s standing, just three points behind Sergio Perez.

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Can the 21-year-old continue his scoring streak at this weekend’s British Grand Prix? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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