Lando Norris crashed during the qualifying session in Spa in wet conditions. However, he admitted that he will not change his approach after what happened.
Norris was going for a flying lap in Q3, but due to the heavy rain, he lost control of his car, and hit the wall. The Briton was also taken to the hospital for further checks. He was OK, and he has now fully recovered from the shunt.
“I’m back to as good as I can be, I think, still like ever so slightly bruised but nothing worth complaining about to make me look like a hero on the weekend! So [I am] all good.”
Norris also said that he is not thinking about the incident anymore and he is aware that it was just a mistake that came from the extremely bad conditions.
“I think just more for the fact it’s my third year, I’m a lot more experienced,” he said.
“But, more importantly, I have a lot more confidence this year than I did the last two. And I’m just in a better place mentally, and just with my state of where I am in Formula 1. So yeah, I think like now I know it was more because I was pushing and taking risks, I know it was for a good reason, in a way, that I crashed.
“But yeah, I just feel like coming into this weekend, if it was last year, I would have been a lot more worried and maybe taken [things] a lot more cautious and things like that. But I don’t feel like I did anything wrong with my approach to qualifying or the lap or anything. And I’m happy to do the same and take the same risks this weekend.”
Norris finally said that the car felt good in wet conditions and the setup was also the correct one. Moreover, he also said that in wet circumstances it is the driver that makes the difference sometimes.
“I think the car was very good and we had a good setup and came alive a little bit more in the wet conditions compared to the dry.
“The wet conditions are where drivers can show their potential a bit more and it’s not as dependent on the car, as compared to what the dry conditions are, so it’s where you can make bigger differences and sometimes you can take bigger risks and things like that.
“I was just in a very confident place. I was there in Formula 3 in the wet and was pretty quick. So my knowledge and my confidence were just high and I knew what I needed to do to be quick. And, until that point, I didn’t feel like I was taking any extraordinary risks or anything, it was just I was at one with the car and you’re confident with the braking and things like that, which can make a massive difference in the wet.
“The car was giving me that confidence to be able to do it, so I don’t know if I would have got pole or not, every situation is different. The conditions were changing and so on. But it tended to be the wetter it was, the better we were, and the quicker we were relative to other people. I want to be confident, I could have had a very good result.”