Lando Norris Reveals How He Overcame Soreness From the High-Speed F1 Crash at Spa

Published 08/31/2021, 10:35 AM 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 suffered what was his second consecutive race weekend without points over the ongoing F1 season at Spa Francorchamps. However, McLaren didn’t mind that, as their sole focus was on the Briton’s recovery after the crash during Q3 on Saturday.

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The incident occurred around the controversy-stricken Raidillon/Eau Rouge corner, and the entire F1 community heaved a sigh of relief when Norris walked off the track unscathed, apart from a minor blow to his elbow.

Of course, considering the high-speed impact, there were concerns over potential after-effects for the McLaren driver. And Norris did acknowledge that he was feeling quite unwell on Sunday morning. However, the Briton soon got rid of the soreness after getting a few massages ahead of the main race.

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What did Lando Norris say?

As reported by Motorsport-Total, Norris affirmed that he wouldn’t have been able to handle the crash well had it happened in his rookie F1 season. Hence, his experience in F1 stood as one of the major reasons why he was able to cope with the pain and discomfort post-crash at Spa.

If such an accident happened in the first or second year, it would have bothered me more than now,” he said. “I woke up and didn’t feel that great.

But after a few massages and things like that, it was good. And when I was driving, I didn’t feel anything,” Norris continued.

Convinced that I could finish ahead of Max: Norris

The Briton, who left the Spa weekend empty-handed, felt that the pole position was there for the take on Saturday. “I was convinced that I could at least get into the top two, maybe even ahead of Max,” Norris said.

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That would have been a really good result on Sunday, even if I have the feeling that the result on Sunday should be rewarded with points.

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

Norris topped the timesheets in both Q1 and Q2 and was also the first driver to start a flying lap in Q3. It did look like Norris could finally secure his first-ever pole position in F1, which could have transitioned into his first-ever race win as well, considering how the race unfolded.

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Nonetheless, the crash disrupted Norris’ hopes and will head to Zandvoort holding the same tally of points he had following the British GP. Hence, can the McLaren driver end his brief dry streak at the approaching Dutch Grand Prix?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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