McLaren F1 Boss Throws Lando Norris’ Belgian GP Participation in Doubt After Horrific Crash

Published 08/28/2021, 12:07 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


Lando Norris had a horrible crash in Q3 which red-flagged the session. While he wasn’t severely injured from the crash, he was holding his elbow as he came out of the car, which led to concerns about his health, as well as his participation in tomorrow’s race.

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Team Principal, Andreas Seidl confirmed that his driver was alright, but he is not sure if he would start the Belgian Grand Prix. If that is the case, the team’s P3 hopes could take a serious hit.

Seidl is not sure if Lando Norris will start the Belgian Grand Prix

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As the 21-year old was zipping around Spa trying to set the fastest lap for Sunday’s race, he lost control of his McLaren as he headed up Eau Rouge. The car hit the barrier, which completely destroyed the backend.

Norris was taken to the trackside medical center after the crash and later moved to the hospital for a precautionary X-Ray of his elbow. Hence, Seidl is waiting for an update on whether his driver can participate in the race.

Speaking to Sky Germany, Seidl said, “Lando is okay. He held his elbow after the crash, he is at the hospital to get it checked. But he is okay.”

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 McLaren Managing Director Andreas Seidl in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Upon being asked if Norris would start the Belgian Grand Prix, Siedl responded, “Too early to say now.”

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The Woking-based outfit had a mixed day at the Saturday qualifying session. While Norris had a horrible crash, Daniel Ricciardo secured a fourth-place finish for Sunday’s race.

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However, it should be noted that Lando’s McLaren was heavily damaged, and could see major repairs done to it. If that is the case, then Norris would most likely lose his tenth place start and could see the lights from the pitlane.

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

Currently, McLaren find themselves in fourth place in the standings with 163 points. They hope to redeem themselves tomorrow and get a good start to the second half of the season by seizing some points.

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What are your predictions for Daniel and Lando for the upcoming race in Belgium? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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