Lando Norris details how tonsillitis affected him at Spanish F1 and Monaco GPs


Lando Norris wrote a column for The telegraph this week, recounting not only what it was like to race at the start of the Monaco Grand Prix in the rain, but also the severity of his tonsillitis symptoms in Barcelona a week before.

The McLaren driver commented the Saturday before the Spanish Grand Prix how he suffered in his throat and eyes, inhibiting his sight. It was revealed a day later, after finishing eighth and scoring points for the team, that he had been diagnosed with tonsillitis.

Norris revealed in The telegraph that his diagnosis came on the Thursday before the Spanish Grand Prix and that his symptoms “have progressively worsened throughout this race weekend; cold sweats, fever, muscle aches.

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“My throat was so sore on Sunday it was like swallowing daggers,” Norris said. “I could barely drink because it hurt so much. Everything I was doing, I was throwing it up five minutes later anyway.

The 22-year-old went on to describe how breathing was “a real struggle in the car” over the weekend, in part due to the scorching heat. His coach and McLaren’s team doctor stayed with Norris in Monaco early last week, and by the time his parents arrived for the Grand Prix weekend on Thursday, he was “pretty much back and on, even though I canceled all my media engagements as I could barely speak.

Fast forward through the heavy rain, red flags and chaos that filled the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, Norris came sixth. He now sits seventh in the drivers’ standings, just two points behind seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and 35 points behind his former team-mate Carlos Sainz.

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