Lando Norris Praises Sebastian Vettel’s ‘Great Decision’ to Check on Him After Heavy F1 Crash

Published 08/31/2021, 1:29 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 26, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Lando Norris was involved in a huge crash at the Belgian Grand Prix. Driving on wet track in Q3, the McLaren driver went off at the Eau Rouge corner and spun around quite a bit. While he escaped the crash unharmed with some bruises, the intensity of the crash had many worried, included Sebastian Vettel, who stopped his car next to the McLaren to check on the Briton.

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This gesture from the 4-time world champion earned him praise from everyone, including Lando.

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I think Seb made a great decision: Lando Norris

As reported by Motorsport-Total, the McLaren driver stated the stewards should not have started the session. He also felt they should have red-flagged the session when both he as well as Sebastian said the track was too wet.

“I think Seb made a great decision,” said Norris on Vettel, checking on him. (Translated via Google Translate)

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 26, 2021, McLaren’s Lando Norris in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“I said there should be a red flag. Seb said the same thing. Since the conditions were even worse than on Sunday, it was the wrong decision to continue,” said Norris.

Norris was looking good to challenge for the pole before his crash but took himself of contention after the crash.

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The McLaren driver analyzes his crash at Eau-Rouge

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Norris had topped both Q1 and Q2 before the final session part of qualifying. He was the first driver to go out on the track, but the rain had gotten heavier and the visibility was too low.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021, McLaren’s Lando Norris during qualifying REUTERS/Johanna Geron

“I took a corner and got aquaplaning on the bumps and lost the car. I didn’t feel like I was trying to do the best lap of my life and risking everything on the first lap at Eau Rouge,” said the McLaren driver.

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When asked if he could have been more cautious, Norris replied,” I drove through as normal, downshifted a few gears, braked, and lifted. But there was just too much water.”

After Lando’s crash, there are a lot of discussions to make changes to Eau-Rogue to improve the safety of the corner.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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