Lando Norris has explained how he was affected by testing positive for coronavirus whilst on holiday ahead of the 2021 season.
The Briton was forced to self-isolate at his hotel in Dubai - where he had been on a break ahead of a planned training camp - for 14 days in January. Whilst he suffered from some symptoms such as losing his sense of taste and smell and feeling tired, Norris says he was soon feeling better. However, he had to get creative when it came to adapting his training regime to fit the isolated environment.
“Luckily, for me, Covid wasn’t too bad,” Norris told RacingNews365.com along with a select number of journalists after the McLaren team's car launch. “It was a few days or so of initially having no taste, no smell, the normal really. And just feeling very drained and tired for a couple of weeks.
“But since then, [I’ve] basically fully recovered, everything back to normal, so I wouldn’t say that it really affected me too much. A bit of the training [was affected]; I literally wasn’t allowed outside at all, I didn’t have a window or anything. So I could just do some workouts in my room and no cardio, no runs or cycles. [I] was just doing what I could in my room.
“And that was all. Since then it’s been a bit more back to normal, at my house here in the UK, on my bike, on my treadmill, doing the normal stuff. Neck training, and just getting back in the hang of things.”
Norris - who returns to Formula 1 for his third season with McLaren in 2021 - has been one of six F1 drivers to test positive for coronavirus since the pandemic began. The most recent driver to be diagnosed with the virus was Pierre Gasly.