Lando Norris heavily crashed in the barriers during yesterday’s qualifying, and McLaren was forced to change his gearbox, meaning that Lando will receive a five-place grid penalty on Sunday.
Norris’ car was destroyed after his crash, and the impact was so heavy that the Briton was brought to the hospital for further checks.
McLaren feared that Lando needed a new chassis and a new engine as well, but after checking everything on the car, the team confirmed that they only have to change the gearbox.
“After assessing the damage to Lando’s car, we have decided to change the gearbox, resulting in a five-place grid penalty.”
Due to the penalty, Norris will start in P14 since he qualified in P10 and Valtteri Bottas, who qualified in P8, has a five-place grid penalty.
Despite crashing in Q3 and knowing that he could have fought for pole position, Norris is excited ahead of the Belgian GP since he knows that in Spa anything can happen, especially with mixed conditions.
“I’m excited,” Norris said. “At Spa, anything can happen. We had a good pace, the car was nice to drive today. It’s cool it’s fun conditions to drive in, maybe not quite at the end.
“The whole of Q1 and Q2 was challenging but it’s what we love as drivers, and hopefully it’s not too bad tomorrow and I can try come back through.”