The Disturbing Reality Behind Lando Norris’ Impeccable Race to F1 Points at the Spanish GP

Published 05/22/2022, 3:15 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 21, 2022 McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during practice REUTERS/Albert Gea

In the sweltering heat of Barcelona, McLaren’s Lando Norris, who wasn’t feeling well the entire weekend, managed to hang on for 66 laps till the finish line. It is now revealed that Norris has been diagnosed with tonsillitis. As he skipped his post-race media commitments to consult the team doctor, Team Principal Andreas Seidl gave an update on the young Briton. 

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“Obviously when you’re not feeling well all weekend and when your energy levels are low with the tonsillitis he was suffering from it was a very challenging race especially in these hot temperatures as well,” the German said“He was pretty flat after the race but thanks to the great medical support within the team and he has around him.”

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Andreas stressed that it was now important to make sure that Lando gets an adequate amount of rest before Monaco. He was also thankful to Norris for driving in such conditions. The McLaren boss concluded that the doctor had given the green light to let Norris drive for the race. 

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Lando Norris finished a respectable P8 and four places ahead of his teammate Daniel Ricciardo. Describing his energy levels as the “worst I’ve had in a long time”, the Briton came through for his team.

On the other hand, when asked where was the pace in his car, Ricciardo answered, “That is the question that I will be searching for in the debrief and the next few hours.”

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Not only this, but the Australian also went on to describe his outing as a “really sad race.” 

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 04: (BILD OUT) Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren F1 Team looks on during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on December 4, 2021 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Hasan Bratic/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

In the post-race interview, one could clearly see the frustration on Daniel’s face. This was his fifth race, out of the six, where the McLaren driver couldn’t score a point. 

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Since McLaren brought a host of upgrades for the Spanish GP, many hoped the Woking outfit to be more competitive. So now it is yet to be determined why the MCL36 languished in the bottom end of the top 10.  

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Vaibhav Aatreya

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Vaibhav Aatreya is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. His ever-growing passion for the sport, combined with his willingness to learn the inside workings of Formula 1, led him to pursue his graduation in Mechanical Engineering. Having been following the world of motorsports for many years now, Vaibhav loves to pen down his thoughts, giving his take on the ongoings in the sport.

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