Lando Norris will take a five-place grid penalty for todays Belgian Grand Prix after McLaren validated they have actually altered the gearbox in his MCL35M following his high-speed crash in qualifying on Saturday.
He was launched on Saturday evening and cleared to race, as McLaren assessed the damage to his cars and truck. And on Sunday early morning they verified they had altered the gearbox – but not the chassis – meaning he will have to take a five-place grid penalty, however not begin from the pit lane.
The 21-year-old had topped Q1 and Q2 at Spa, and looked to be in contention for his first ever pole position, before he crashed early in Q3 at Raidillon in a remarkable shunt that did substantial damage to his vehicle, and saw him required to medical facility for checks and a X-ray on his elbow.
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It implies Norris will start the race from 14th position – pending any further penalties. Having actually stopped working to set a time in Q3 he was classified 10th, however was gone up to ninth as Valtteri Bottas, who qualified 8th, already had a five-place grid penalty to serve in Belgium, following his involvement in the Lap 1 multi-car crash in Hungary last time out.
” After assessing the damage to Landos cars and truck, we have actually decided to change the gearbox, leading to a five-place grid charge,” a McLaren spokesman told F1.com.
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Undoubtedly, it was rather a huge effect and I think my bodys simply been thrown around a little bit but Im excellent. Im all set to race tomorrow and I want to get back on track currently because it didnt end the way I wanted it to,” he said.
Norris said on Saturday night that he was bruised but was prepared to race – and stated he thought he might have remained in the defend pole had he not crashed.
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I think I might have fought for pole position, however Ive now offered the group a lot of work to do. A big thanks to all the marshals and medical personnel for their assistance and hard work today.”
Considering that the very first lap in Q1, things were going perfectly and the vehicle was feeling hooked up. It was difficult going out in Q3 because, even on the out-lap, I was saying how wet it was due to the fact that I was aquaplaning quite a bit.
” It was just a tight spot to be in. Just how much do you wish to press? How much do you not? I believe, a mix of pushing a bit excessive for the weather at that point and aquaplaning a little bit in the middle of Eau Rouge certainly didnt end too well.
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I believe, a mix of pushing a bit too much for the weather condition at that point and aquaplaning a little bit in the middle of Eau Rouge clearly didnt end too well.
Certainly, it was rather a big effect and I believe my bodys just been thrown around a little bit but Im good. Im ready to race tomorrow and I desire to get back on track already because it didnt end the way I wanted it to,” he stated.
Since the first lap in Q1, things were going perfectly and the vehicle was feeling hooked up. It was challenging going out in Q3 since, even on the out-lap, I was saying how wet it was since I was aquaplaning rather a bit.