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Norris happy to have shaken off foot injury before Belgian GP

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HUNGARORING, HUNGARY - AUGUST 02: Lando Norris, McLaren during the Hungarian GP at Hungaroring on

The F1 summer break proved a dangerous one for a couple of the drivers this year, with not one, but two drivers arriving in Spa nursing minor injuries...

It emerged on Thursday morning that Alfa Romeo had flown full-time IndyCar driver and F1 reserve Marcus Ericsson over to Belgium as a precaution after Kimi Raikkonen pulled a muscle in his leg.

But the first to reveal an injury was McLaren's Lando Norris, who notified the world of his problem via Twitch a week before the Belgian Grand Prix. Showing off his left foot in a cast he said, “I did so much walking today and I’m injured, it fricking hurts. I should be alright… I should wear this beauty (the cast) in the racing car. This will be my race boot!”

It turned out it wasn’t the best thing to do, going for a run, so I won’t be doing another one of them for a while

Lando Norris

But there were no such worries as Norris met the media on Thursday, saying he'd had a “nice holiday,” and, with no cast in sight, was essentially recovered.

“I just went for a run, a normal day," he said, describing how he picked up the injury. "It turned out it wasn’t the best thing to do, going for a run, so I won’t be doing another one of them for a while...”

He also revealed that he was initially worried that the foot injury would be exacerbated by driving, but it was fine after a run in McLaren’s simulator.

“There were a few days when I was suffering a little bit, I had my cast on or whatever just to make sure it didn’t get worse, but from what the specialist said it would only be a few days for it to be back to normal so now it’s all good and ready to go,” he said.

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“I did some simulator stuff and everything was fine, from what I know now everything’s all good: I can walk I can run I can do whatever and I don’t feel anything… but you never know.”

In Belgium, Norris - who lies 10th in the championship in his rookie season - will be driving the McLaren MCL34 in a low-downforce configuration for the first time this season. The Briton has the option to swap in a new-specification Renault power unit for the power-hungry circuit - but would receive a penalty in return. A decision as to whether or not he will do so will be made by McLaren on Friday.

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