Lando Norris suffered a horrific crash during qualifying for Belgium Grand Prix. The Brit lost control of his McLaren at the exit of the controversial Eau-Rouge section. Following the crash, Norris was quickly taken to the nearest hospital. Luckily, Norris walked off the incident and has received a green light to race.
Crashing at almost 300 km/h, Norris' car was decimated, likely forcing him to start from the pitlane. A tricky mixture of track conditions made driving almost impossible, proven by Norris' incident. The stewards' decision not to red-flag the Q3 session has been deemed controversial by drivers and media.
Much of the F1's audience has been voicing its concern about the Eau-Rouge section since 2019. In an ill-fated Formula 2 race, Anthoine Hubert lost life at the same part of the track. Furthermore, six drivers from Formula W-Series have been taken to hospital after a mass crash during qualifying.
Norris ended up with bruins only
Fortunately, Norris ended without any serious injuries, allowing him to race. Team boss Andreas Seidl confirmed to the press that Norris will race in Belgium GP. However, it's still unclear whether Norris will start from a ninth-place or the pitlane.
"The checks were done in the hospital, also on his elbow that was hurting a bit. Everybody is good, and he's good to be back racing tomorrow."
"I think it was a reasonably heavy impact, but I think we know the safety which is built into these cars and the safety that the track is having. Luckily it ended up with just some bruises, probably. And luckily you can go back to racing tomorrow."
"The most important thing is Lando is okay. Now our focus is on getting the car ready for tomorrow. Knowing that Lando is in top form, hopefully we canget back into a position to score points with him."Andreas Seidl
Belgium Grand Prix will begin on Sunday, 3 PM local time. Max Verstappen secured the ninth pole position of his career, while Lewis Hamilton will start third. The biggest star of qualifying was George Russell, who finished in breathtaking second place.