Norris ‘struggling physically’ at Styrian GP

Jamie Woodhouse
Lando Norris PA

Lando Norris holds hands up over "stupid" FP1 mistake in Austria.

McLaren’s Lando Norris has admitted that he is “struggling physically” for the Styrian GP and is nursing an unknown injury.

Norris, who secured his first-ever podium finish in the opening race at the Red Bull Ring, was referred to the stewards after an investigation was launched into an alleged yellow flag infraction during FP1 on Friday.

Yellow flags were in force during FP1 after Nicholas Latifi’s Williams FW43 came to a grinding halt and, during this period, Norris passed both Sergio Perez in the Racing Point and Pierre Gasly in his AlphaTauri – the latter when yellow flags were clearly in operation.

The British driver was told on his exit out of Turn 4 that there were yellow flags at Turn 5.

And the stewards took a dim view on the incident, giving the Briton a three-place grid penalty for this weekends’ race and two penalty points, his first points of the 12-month period.

Norris has held his hands up over the incident, saying his mistake was “stupid”.

Speaking to Sky F1, he said: “I saw it, it was my mistake.

“I was on a push lap, both of those guys were on an out lap or a cool lap. I slowed up for yellow flag which you’re meant to do.

“But I just continued to roll past the other guys, so it was my mistake. A bit stupid of me, there was no risk. I lifted, but I just carried that little bit more momentum past them.”

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But something that is much more concerning was Norris’ admission that throughout the weekend he has been “struggling physically”, but as of yet doesn’t know what the cause is.

“I’ve been struggling physically with something, I don’t know with what,” he revealed.

“It’s been making my day a lot harder. I’ve not been able to do as many laps. I’ve had to limit them quite a bit to make sure I’m in shape for tomorrow or Sunday.

“Not as smooth sailing as last week was. I think I’m a little bit on the back foot compared to laps and everything.

“I think the pace is there when I need it to be. The track was a bit different which comes into play slightly. But Sunday’s going to be a different game.

“I feel confident, the car feels nice. But me, not so much.”

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