Norris: Back to my usual self and ready to get stuck in

Michelle Foster
Lando Norris speaking with Max Verstappen and a smiling Carlos Sainz. Monaco May 2022

McLaren driver Lando Norris speaking with Max Verstappen and a smiling Carlos Sainz. Monaco May 2022

Back to his usual self after his bout of tonsillitis, Lando Norris has all but warned his rivals that he is ready to get “stuck in”.

Coming down with tonsillitis at the Spanish Grand Prix, the driver so ill that it was difficult for him to breath during the race, Norris still brought his car home in eighth place.

On the mend at the next race in Monaco, he was again in the points, this time P6.

Scoring twice while ill, it must come as a bit of a warning to the rest of the field that he is now fully fit and ready to get “stuck in”.

“I’m feeling back to my usual self after the weekend off and I’ve recovered well after a tough two weeks,” the McLaren driver said.

“I’m excited to see what I can do going into this next double header, so let’s get stuck in!”

The double-header starts with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, a race where Norris has twice scored but never been on the podium.

This season he is perhaps the driver outside of the top three teams most likely to step onto the podium such has been his form.

“I’m excited to be heading to Baku,” he added. “It’s cool to be at another street circuit and last year’s race showed that anything can happen.

“It will be great to see what we can do in the new cars around this unique circuit.

“I’ve finished in the points both times I’ve raced at this track so hopefully I can keep that up and get some more points for the team this year.”

But while Norris is chasing his sixth top-ten result, his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo is after his second of this season.

The Aussie has mixed results in Baku in years gone by from winning in 2017 to crash into his team-mate a year later, an accident that he says ultimately played a deciding factor in his decision to leave Red Bull.

“I’m a big fan of the Baku Circuit, it has some exciting features and it’s always a fun battle heading into Turn 1, where you often end up with three cars running side by side,” he said in the build-up to this year’s race.

“There’s a couple of different ways we can play it strategy wise this weekend but track position for lights out on Sunday will be important, even with the overtaking opportunities the longest straight on the calendar offers.

“There’s always an element of unpredictability at street circuits so I’m ready to take advantage of any opportunities that come my way.

“Whilst Monaco wasn’t quite what I wanted it to be, I’m feeling confident that we can keep pushing ahead and make the most of this weekend. Well done Baku!”


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