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Norris cleared to race in Belgian GP after hospital checks

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
1 min read

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris will be fit to contest the Belgian Grand Prix, with hospital checks revealing no major injuries in the aftermath of his big qualifying crash.

Norris, who topped the first two segments of qualifying in the wet conditions, lost control of his McLaren going through Eau Rouge at the start of Q3 and hit the barriers at speed.

He was on the radio to the team straight away and looked to have emerged relatively unscathed, although he was paying some attention to his left arm.

After a check at the trackside medical centre he was sent to a local hospital to get an x-ray on his elbow.

McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl has now confirmed that the x-ray hasn’t turned up anything concerning, and that Norris should have no problems taking the start despite lingering elbow pain.

However, the damage assessment on Norris’ MCL35M is “still in progress”, according to Seidl, and the team boss made it clear it wasn’t yet known whether the crash could further impact Norris’s starting position.

A gearbox change, should it be required, would incur a five-place grid penalty, but if the chassis is non-repairable, then racing a spare would entail a pitlane start.

Norris’ crash at the start of Q3 meant he ended up classified 10th in the qualifying order, six places down on team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

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