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McLaren CEO Zak Brown ‘hopes’ Lando Norris recovers in time for Monaco GP

McLaren CEO Zak Brown ‘hopes’ Lando Norris recovers in time for Monaco GP

McLaren driver Lando Norris finished eighth in Barcelona despite suffering from tonsillitis all weekend; McLaren CEO Zak Brown believes Norris should be recovered in time for this weekend’s race in Monaco, but is “not feeling well” at the moment.

Last update: 05/23/22 7:25 p.m.

Lando Norris shelters from the Barcelona heat under an umbrella

Lando Norris shelters from the Barcelona heat under an umbrella

McLaren CEO Zak Brown says Lando Norris should “hopefully” recover from his tonsillitis in time for this weekend’s Monaco GP.

Lando Norris called the Spanish GP “one of the toughest races ever” after battling illness to deliver a gutsy eighth-place finish in his McLaren.

Norris was diagnosed with tonsillitis, after battling a fever and headaches throughout the weekend in Barcelona.

After managing to finish eighth despite his symptoms and the sweltering heat on race day, he was removed from his post-race media duties and instead drove straight to the motorhome to be monitored by the race doctor. the team.

Appearing on Sky Sports’ Any Driven Monday, McLaren CEO Zak Brown gave an update on Norris’ condition, with the team remaining hopeful he will be recovered in time for this weekend’s race at Monaco.

McLaren CEO Zak Brown provides an update on Lando Norris as the driver suffered from tonsillitis during the race weekend in Barcelona.

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McLaren CEO Zak Brown provides an update on Lando Norris as the driver suffered from tonsillitis during the race weekend in Barcelona.

McLaren CEO Zak Brown provides an update on Lando Norris as the driver suffered from tonsillitis during the race weekend in Barcelona.

“Yeah, a great ride [from Norris]”Brown said.

“He was very ill. We weren’t even sure he would get the doctor’s clearance to drive, but luckily he did.

“He’s a tough guy and he drove very well.

“He has tonsillitis and is in bed now, so hopefully he will be fine for the weekend in Monaco.

“It was quite an exciting race in the lead, unfortunately we weren’t in the lead but he did well.

“I think he should be fine. It’s Monday, he’s still not feeling well today but he has four days to recover so I’d like to think so.

“Sitting here now, he still doesn’t feel well.”

Despite being removed from media duties, Norris gave an update on his condition after the race, revealing he could not properly prepare for the Spanish GP due to his illness.

“Today was tough,” Norris told McLaren afterwards. “I felt really bad before the race because I had tonsillitis, and that, combined with the high temperatures, made this race one of the toughest races I’ve ever done.

“I was a bit off this weekend as most of my energy was spent fighting this disease.

Lando Norris overtook McLaren teammate Daniel Ricciardo at the Spanish Grand Prix

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Lando Norris overtook McLaren teammate Daniel Ricciardo at the Spanish Grand Prix

Lando Norris overtook McLaren teammate Daniel Ricciardo at the Spanish Grand Prix

“I had to miss a lot of engineering sessions, which compromised my weekend, and I was definitely not as prepared for the Grand Prix as I could have been.

“With that in mind, I’m really happy to have come out of the race with decent points for the team.”

Norris tested negative for Covid-19 multiple times over the weekend.

The 22-year-old English driver did not join the 19 other drivers at the front of the grid for the pre-race anthems while being assisted and he was seen again after the race.

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McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl has confirmed Norris’ participation in the Grand Prix has been cleared by a doctor and is now aiming to ensure he is rested and recovered ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend. end.

“After the doctor gave the go-ahead today and after Lando was clear from his side that he was going to try, we went for it,” Seidl said.

“Obviously he wasn’t feeling well all weekend. When your energy levels are low with tonsillitis, which he suffered from, it was a very difficult race and afternoon – especially in these hot temperatures as well. .

“So he was quite flat towards the end of the race and after the race, but thanks to the great medical support here and also within the team that he has around him.

“The objective is now clear for the next phase. We have to make sure he rests well in the next four days before returning to Monaco.”


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