Lando Norris is suffering from suspected food poisoning and will take no part in Formula One’s media interviews today. However, McLaren expect him to be at the track tomorrow for qualifying in less-than-ideal preparation for the Brazil Grand Prix weekend.
Norris will stay in his hotel today with McLaren announcing that their driver is feeling unwell after being struck down with suspected food poisoning. He will take no part in his media duties at Interlagos today as Formula One star speak to journalists for the first time before the race weekend.
Despite his illness, the papaya outfit think he will be back to take part in qualifying tomorrow as he looks to help his team in their battle for fourth in the Constructors Championship against Alpine.
A statement released on the team’s Twitter read: “Lando is feeling unwell with suspected food poisoning, so he will rest in the hotel today. We expect him back at track tomorrow. Get well soon, Lando!”
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Brazil will play host to the third sprint race of the season this weekend, with more points than usual available to the teams. As such this weekend is marks one of the worst that Norris could take unwell with McLaren needing to overcome a deficit of seven points to leapfrog their French rivals in the standings.
Norris has personally been the best of the rest for most of the season and currently sits seventh in the Drivers Championship on 111 points. He is unlikely to lose the position by the end of the season as he currently sits 19 points clear of Esteban Ocon in eighth, a difficult lead to overcome in the final two races of the season.
The Brit has also massively out-performed his team mate Daniel Ricciardo over the course of the year and sits 76 points clear of the Australian. Their respective form encouraged McLaren to part company with the former Red Bull driver a year before his contract was due to expire and as a result, Norris’ disrupted preparation for Interlagos will cause concern for the manufacturer.
Norris has previously admitted he is concerned about Alpine’s current form and questions his team’s ability to compete with the French outfit towards the end of the season, something his current illness may hamper further.
“They are so much quicker than us. I have no clue how we are still fighting them in the championship,” he said after the Japanese Grand Prix. “They are in another league to us at the minute. I’m happy we’ve been able to fight them so far into the season, it shows we’ve done a very good job in other areas, in reliability, in maximising our performances, taking opportunities, and not making mistakes.”
Only time will tell what shape Norris will be in during the Brazil Grand Prix but McLaren fans will be left concerned by his current illness and what it could mean for the team.