Lando Norris was given the green light to perform at the Belgian Grand Prix after successfully passing all the medical tests he had to undergo due to the big collision he had in the third part of qualifying. Norris crashed in early Q3 in the Eau Rouge fast corner after the rain intensified compared to Q1 and Q2, and the young British driver was the fastest in the first two parts of qualifying and threatened to win his first pole position in Formula 1.
Because of the seriousness of the incident, Norris first ended up at a medical center on the Spa Francorchamps track, after which he was taken to the hospital for additional tests, including an X-ray. "We did the checks at the hospital, we also looked at his elbow, which hurt a little," said team boss Andreas Seidl.
"Everything is fine and he is ready for tomorrow's race." Unlike Norris, his car did not fare well in a fierce collision that occurred at around 300 km / h, and damage assessment is still ongoing.
Chasis and gearbox
If he has to get a new gearbox, he will get five places of punishment, and if he gets new elements of the drive unit, he will still not get a penalty for that because he has not used the last allowed components yet.
But in case the need for a new chassis, which is very likely given the severity of the collision, Norris will have to start from the pits with the option to change the car settings as he wishes, which other drivers who participated in qualifying are not allowed.
“The damage assessment is still ongoing, in terms of what we need to change, as well as the impact on our starting position,” Seidl said. "The most important thing is that Lando is fine, and now we are focused on preparing the car for tomorrow."
Norris qualified for tenth place, but due to Bottas ’penalty was due to start ninth. In the end, it must be admitted that Norris did well and can be happy with the outcome. Now he has to put the next race in the foreground and how best to prepare for it.
This case may be his motivation for an even better race, but it is necessary for him to be primarily focused on what awaits him, and to show that nothing can overcome him mentally. Norris crashed in early Q3 in the Eau Rouge fast corner after the rain intensified compared to Q1 and Q2, and the young British driver was the fastest in the first two parts of qualifying and threatened to win his first pole position in Formula 1.