F1: Spanish Grand Prix preview
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The Briton skipped the media interviews after the race and was not seen on the grid during the race build-up. It is understood Norris has regularly tested negative for coronavirus but has shown a range of symptoms such as a fever and headaches.
A McLaren statement said: “Lando, unfortunately, won’t be attending the post-race media pen as he is being checked by our team doctor. He has been feeling unwell throughout the weekend and while cleared to race, with the extraordinary heat today, the team are now ensuring he is receiving a full health check.”
Despite his illness, Norris finished eighth to secure some points for the team. Ted Kravitz addressed Norris’ illness directly after the race, claiming he was in a ‘bit of a bad way’.
He said: “All weekend, I saw him on Friday. He had a bit of a red eye and thought it might be hayfever initially. He did a load of Covid-19 tests, they’ve all shown up negative, proper PCR tests as well so it’s not Covid-19.
But he has all the symptoms, he has a fever, a headache, he’s been unwell.”
He added: He actually missed the Spanish and Catalan national anthems at the beginning of the event. There’s a gap, there’s only 19 drivers there as Lando was getting some attention and some last minute fuel in terms of some hydration or something else he needed to actually complete the race.”
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The result means Norris lies seventh in the drivers’ standings, just behind Lewis Hamiton. McLaren lie fourth in the constructors’ standings but the gap to nearest rival Mercedes has now been stretched after the Silver Arrows excellent result in Spain.
George Russell finished third for his second podium of the season while Hamilton came back from an early accident to finish fifth. It means McLaren are now 70 points behind the German manufacturer in the standings.
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