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Norris 'feeling better' after chest pains hampered running in Styrian GP Friday practice

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SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JULY 09: Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 talks in the Drivers

Lando Norris wasn’t feeling great on Friday, the McLaren driver admitting the onset of chest pains left him “afraid to brake” during Styrian GP practice. But there was better news on Saturday.

The Red Bull Ring will long hold positive memories for Norris after the British driver took his maiden F1 podium at the venue last weekend with a brilliant drive to third.

READ MORE: ‘I’m afraid to brake’ – Norris says low Friday lap count down to chest pains

His second weekend at the track didn’t start so well, though, as he was handed a three-place grid penalty for failing to slow sufficiently under yellow flags during FP1.

And then in second practice, he felt pains in his chest, which limited the amount of laps he could complete. He took painkillers to manage the issue and consulted with his specialist.

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Lando Norris: Tough day due to physical pain and penalty

On Saturday McLaren said Norris is “feeling better this morning” and they believe the problem “has been identified and is being treated and managed”.

But he’ll have to wait a little longer to drive the car, though, with persistent and heavy rain cancelling final practice and casting doubt over whether qualifying can take place later on Saturday.

READ MORE: Styrian Grand Prix FP3 session cancelled due to torrential rain in Austria

Should qualifying not happen in its usual slot, a back-up schedule has been created that will see the session run on Sunday morning, ahead of the race, with the weather expected warm and sunny throughout.

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