Lando Norris will drive in FP1, Nyck de Vries remains on standby

Michelle Foster
Lando Norris on the grid. Montreal June 2022.

McLaren driver Lando Norris listens to an engineer before the race. Canada June 2022.

Lando Norris will be action during the opening practice session for the Sao Paulo Grand Prix weekend, the McLaren driver said to be feeling better after coming down with food poisoning.

McLaren announced on Thursday that the Briton would not be present for media day at the Interlagos circuit, instead remaining in his hotel after a bout of food poisoning.

The team put Mercedes reserve driver Nyck de Vries on standby, the Dutchman spotted in the garage for a seat fitting decked out in McLaren kit.

But it seems he won’t be needed.

Norris is said be feeling much better after a quiet night, and will get behind the wheel of his MCL36 in Friday’s first practice.

Friday’s opening practice will be followed by the evening’s qualifying session, the Sao Paulo Grand Prix weekend the last of this year’s three sprint weekends.

According to reports, McLaren will keep De Vries on standby just in case.

De Vries has already made one substitute appearance this season, the 27-year-old filling in for Alex Albon at Williams at the Italian Grand Prix.

He not only qualified inside the top ten but raced his way to ninth place, scoring on his debut.

Such was his performance, AlphaTauri snapped him up for next season.