Norris was in ‘pretty bad way’ with injury

Date published: July 30 2020

Lando Norris

Lando Norris has said he is feeling “better” as he prepares for two home races at Silverstone over the next couple of weeks.

Away from the title picture dominated by Mercedes, Norris has been one of the stand-out drivers thus far after clinching his first-ever podium finish on the very last lap in Austria.

One week later at the Styrian Grand Prix, ‘Last Lap Lando’ struck again as he moved from P8 to P5 at the Red Bull Ring. Norris finished outside the points in Hungary, but at least he was in better physical shape compared to the first two races.

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“I’m doing better,” Norris told reporters, as quoted by the official Formula 1 website.

“Hungary was much better already than the Red Bull Ring race – round two. There I was in a pretty bad way. I couldn’t drive without being on the painkillers at all so that was a bit of a lifesaver from my end in just letting me get out on track and drive.

“By the time we went to Hungary it was already better and obviously I went back and saw the specialist and the doctors and everyone and we kind of figured out a bit more what the problem was.

“It wasn’t something that we could just fix, it’s something that we think is going to take time.

“Even those few days of time between the two race weekends I felt better and I did FP3 with no painkillers and I was fine, and I performed well and so on.

“My only worry was going into the race or qualifying when you have the highest brake pressure, and then the race when it’s just the longevity of it that something could arise.

“It wasn’t that I couldn’t drive, it was just something I was a bit more hesitant about thinking what happens if it does come up in the race? Then I might struggle.

“So I was fine from my side and from what I knew, but I think it’s just something that will take a bit of time to get better from my side, because it’s just more bruising basically.

“It was just pure bruising from driving a Formula 1 car having not driven one for so long. So I should be fine come Silverstone.”

Heading into the double header at Silverstone, Norris occupies P4 in the World Championship with 26 points.

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