Norris was helping to look after his mechanics

Date published: July 21 2020

Lando Norris

Lando Norris decided to lend a hand stripping down the McLaren car in Hungary as he knows how tough the schedule is on his team.

An image of Norris with screwdriver in hand was very warmly received by the wider Formula 1 community as he and indeed everyone involved in the sport start to recover from three gruelling back-to-back-to-back race weekends.

The British driver has now explained why he decided to roll his sleeves up and get stuck in.

“Honestly, it is tougher for the engineers and the mechanics because they’re the guys and girls who spend the most time at the track working and travelling,” Norris said via Motorsport.com.

“It’s more of a kind of trying to look after them and keep them in good condition: especially the mechanics who are doing the pit stops and so on. They also have a big impact on performance.

“They also are the guys who can bring us overtakes and if you have good pitstops it can gain us positions and things like that.

“So, it’s trying to keep everyone in the best shape possible. For me, I’m fine, but it’s more of a question for them and I’m trying to look after them and keep them in the best condition.

“For the drivers it’s not too bad, you know.

“In some ways we do the least amount of work in terms of being at the track as in driving the actual race car, compared to the time mechanics spend working on the car and building it and management, or the engineers spend at the racetrack.

“So honestly, for us, and for me, anyway, I feel like I’m fit enough that I can go out and do the race and I’m not completely dead after it and feeling like it’s going to take ages to recover. So I’m not that concerned, you know, from my side.”

The Formula 1 paddock is now gearing up for another triple header with two races at Silverstone before flying out to Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix.

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