In Spain it became clear that Lando Norris did not feel fit. After finishing eighth on Sunday, it turned out he had sore tonsils. After a few days of rest, things get a little better McLarenDriver who is not quite fit yet. McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl already indicated this on Friday. He therefore skipped the press conference on Friday morning, but spoke to the press for the first time about his physical complaints after his excellent qualifying session in Monaco.
“It’s been a long week just because I’ve had so much the tonsils, fever and stuff like that. The race then made it worse than it needed to be,” Norris explained after a question from Motorsport.com† “But it had to happen and I was very glad I did. It just took a significant toll physically, which made it very difficult for me on Sunday night. I did everything possible, nobody spoke to me. I am recovering and my throat is much better now. I can eat and drink again now, that’s a good start. I couldn’t last week. I didn’t sleep last week either. I have to catch up, but I can’t do it in a few days. This will need time.”
Norris doesn’t feel very comfortable in Monaco either, which he would have liked to have seen differently on the narrow street circuit in the Principality. “I know I’m not quite fit at the moment. I think you can tell by how red my face is. I’m still struggling with a few things, but things are going much better,” said the Brit, who felt he was in full control of the car again. “I’m much more confident that I’m in control of the car as soon as I get in, rather than almost being a passenger. But that’s tough, because here in Monaco you always have to keep an overview. Here you want to be 100 percent physically fit. I know I’m a long way from that, even though I think I can do well.”
More possible than P5 without any complaints
Finishing fifth in qualifying at Monaco, Norris can live very well given his physical condition, although he knows more could have been done had he been fully fit. “When I say I’m far from it, it could be a tenth or a tenth and a half. But talking about a tenth and a half today and a few small mistakes, I could have finished even better. I think there’s a lot of confidence that things could have gone better if things had gone perfectly. Still, I’m very happy with my position, P5 is still a good result for us. We still need to make a step on the guys in front of us to stay consistent there as we were two, three tenths down all weekend. I’m happy with P5 and my laps, only a few small mistakes bothered me. But that was more due to my focus and some things that still bother me.”