Lando Norris crashed at first of Q3 in his McLaren, and was holding his arm afterwards; The British driver underwent checks in hospital and has been given the inexperienced gentle to return to motion in Sunday’s race at Spa
By Matt Morlidge
Final Up to date: 28/08/21 7:01pm
Lando Norris has been cleared to race in Sunday’s Belgian GP after being given the all-clear in precautionary hospital checks after his large crash in Saturday’s Belgian GP qualifying.
In soaking moist Spa circumstances, Norris dramatically misplaced management of his McLaren by means of the high-speed, uphill Eau Rouge part at first of Q3, earlier than spinning and shunting closely into the obstacles.
The younger British driver fortunately averted critical damage and jumped out of his automobile unaided, however was holding his arm as he received within the medical automobile.
McLaren confirmed afterward Saturday that he could be having an X-ray on his elbow.
After Norris underwent the checks at an area hospital, McLaren tweeted: “Following precautionary checks after an accident throughout qualifying on the Belgian Grand Prix, Lando Norris has been cleared to compete within the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix by the trackside physician and FIA medical delegate.”
Talking earlier on instantly after qualifying, McLaren crew boss Andreas Seidl advised Sky Sports activities F1: “An important factor is he is mainly OK and he was in in some way good spirits once more when he left the medical centre on his technique to the hospital.
“He has precautionary checks now which they at all times do after such impacts, his elbow was hurting a bit so that they’re checking that in additional element, however hopefully he is high quality.”
An on-form Norris was setting the tempo in qualifying earlier than his crash, on high of the timesheets in Q1 and Q2.
“Sorry boys, we must always have had a great one there,” he mentioned on crew radio after his huge shunt. “I allow you to down. My unhealthy.”
Sebastian Vettel was the primary driver on the scene after Norris crash, sportingly stopping his automobile subsequent to the 21-year-old to examine he was OK. Moments prior, the four-time world champion had mentioned on crew radio that he felt the circumstances – heavy rain had began to fall once more earlier than Q3 – had been unhealthy sufficient for the session to be red-flagged.
After the crash, an offended Vettel then mentioned to his Aston Martin crew: “What the **** did I say? What did I say. Pink Flag. Pointless.”
Chatting with Sky F1 afterwards, Vettel voiced his frustration about not being listened to and insisted Q3 ought to by no means have began in these circumstances. It took 40 minutes for qualifying to renew after Norris’ shunt.
“I feel the reality is that the session shouldn’t have began in any respect,” mentioned Vettel. “There’s loads of issues that might have been accomplished higher however I feel it is higher to be protected one too many instances than one too little.
“It is good that nothing occurred, that is the principle information, but it surely might have been a unique end result for Lando and I am undecided there’s something he might have accomplished.
“We delayed the session at first when there was much less water so I am do not completely perceive why we simply did not begin the session. The principle factor is it does not occur once more.”