Sick all weekend during the Spanish Grand Prix, Lando Norris is not yet 100% certain of being able to compete in the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend. The Briton was heroic in Barcelona finishing in the points but he’s probably exhausted, especially as the heat probably didn’t help.
McLaren F1 CEO Zak Brown explained that Norris was “very sick. We weren’t even sure the doctor was even going to give him the go-ahead to run, but he did. He has tonsillitis and he’s in bed, so hopefully he’ll be well for Monegasque.”
While waiting to find out if he will be ready for the Grand Prix, Norris explains that he is “Happy to start the Monaco weekend. It will be nice to drive so close to home and I can sleep in my own bed! Last year’s race was fantastic for me (3rd) and even if we We’re not at that level yet this year, I hope to score some points there. Qualifying on Saturday will be key and it will be interesting to see what happens on the way with these new cars.”
“I’m taking these few days to rest before diving into the weekend. It was very difficult in Spain, but I was happy to bring some points back to the team. Let’s keep going and let’s be ready!”
Daniel Ricciardo also had a very complicated Spanish Grand Prix, but not for the same reasons. The Australian had managed to get ahead of his teammate in qualifying but then lost his footing in class, without knowing why, and finished in an anonymous 12th place. He therefore hopes for a completely different result this weekend, he who won in the principality in 2018 with Red Bull.
“I’m coming off a tough race so I’m looking forward to battling it out in Monaco. I have a lot of history with this race so I hope to score some points with the MCL36. The atmosphere is always exciting at Monaco. I’m also happy to be so close to home!”
“From Spain, I work on the data studied with the engineers in order to guarantee that it will be possible to get a top 10. We have learned a lot from the car, especially thanks to the good evolutions, and I trust the team to keep improving. I hope we manage to have a solid weekend and score points.”
Andreas Seidl, the director of McLaren F1, is just as delighted as his drivers before heading to Monte-Carlo.
“I can’t wait for this weekend! Monaco is a historic race and the teams and drivers always want to shine there. Our developments have met our expectations in Spain, and the incredible work continues. at the factory in order to optimize the car.”
“It will be interesting to see how these new cars perform on this very tight circuit. It tests the driver and the margin for error is minimal, so the safety car risk is high and that means he there could be different strategies going on. It’s up to us to give it our all!”