McLaren has issued a positive update on Lando Norris for the race on Sunday.
Norris crashed at Spa during the Belgian Grand Prix, bringing out red flags and all the concerns. His car was completely dismantled after the crash at the Eau Rouge corner. However, the good news is that Norris is okay, and is fit to race on Sunday.
After the crash, Norris was holding his elbow, indicating pain. This was made worse by the fact that Team Principal Andreas Seidl chose to remain silent on Norris’ condition. McLaren subsequently released a statement on Twitter on his condition.
“Following his accident during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, Lando was checked at the trackside medical centre and then sent to a local hospital for a precautionary x-ray of his elbow. A further update will be issued in due course,” McLaren tweeted.
After that, Seidl assured that Norris had gone through all the medical checks. He has not been cleared to race on Sunday.
“The checks were done in the hospital, also on his elbow that was hurting a bit. Everything is good, and he’s good to be back racing tomorrow,” Seidl said, according to Autosport.
However, there is the off chance Norris may not race on Sunday at Spa. This is an unpredictable sport, and stranger things have happened. Hence, McLaren will also have a replacement lined up in case of the worst, and the prime candidate for that would be Stoffel Vandoorne.
Vandoorne is first and foremost a Belgian, so that’s a start. Secondly, due to his experience with McLaren and his general experience in the sport, he can slot in seamlessly at the eleventh hour. Moreover, the car is damaged, and McLaren may need the experience of Vandoorne to navigate the wet conditions and bring the car home safely.