After extensive precautionary exams, Lando Norris was released from the University Medical Centre after his serious crash in the Las Vegas Grand Prix. Both Norris and his teammate Oscar Piastri were eliminated from Q1 on Friday, putting them in the 15th and last positions on the grid for the race. Norris had advanced to thirteenth place in the early goings of the race, but on lap four he ran into trouble, spinning out on the straight and crashing into the wall as he approached turn twelve. The MCL60 entered the buffer zone and crashed into it. Norris, who initially assured his team of his health over the radio, was taken to the circuit's medical centre and then to the University Medical Centre for additional precautionary examinations.
F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix: Norris Reflects his Weekend
After being released from medical care, Norris provided his insights into the incident that led to his premature exit from the race.
Lando Norris: "An unfortunate end to our Las Vegas GP weekend," he said. "I just bottomed out on the restart, lost the rear and hit the wall. Not the way we wanted the weekend to end, especially considering the pace looked promising on Oscar’s side. Big thanks go to the medical staff for checking me over, and to the team for the work they’ll now put in on the car. One week to reset and go again for the season finale in Abu Dhabi.”
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Despite encountering difficulties all weekend, McLaren was able to obtain two vital points thanks to Oscar Piastri's tenth-place finish and a bonus point for recording the fastest lap of the race. After a trying experience in Las Vegas, this performance is all the more impressive.
F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix: What Caused Lando Norris to Crash
In the wake of Lando Norris's serious crash at the Las Vegas Grand Prix, McLaren's Andrea Stella has called for the bump to be levelled for the 2024 season.
Team Principal Andrea Stella: “There’s a bump in that place. There’s a bump and you can see all the cars spark when they go through this bump, and I think the combination of this bump and the cold tyres might have surprised him. Otherwise, we don’t see any issue with the car or of a different nature.”
“It just depends on your speed, the condition of your tyres, how your car is positioned over the bump there, the position of the car ahead, so there are multiple factors,” he continued. “Just maybe Lando made the assumption that there was enough grip, but it’s a very tricky place. I’m sure all drivers will comment that that’s something that needs to be fixed,” he continued.
Not only did Norris crash, but McLaren also lost lots of points because Oscar Piastri had to make an extra pit stop after getting into an accident with Lewis Hamilton, which resulted in a puncture. McLaren is currently fourth in the constructors' standings with 284 points as the team prepares for the season finale in Abu Dhabi. Their commendable position grants them an 11-point advantage over Aston Martin.