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Lando Norris

Norris feeling 'almost there' ahead of Monaco qualifying

McLaren's Lando Norris is hoping to qualify best of the rest for the Monaco Grand Prix after a tough weekend dealing with tonsillitis.

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Lando Norris says he is nearing full fitness ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix after more than a week spent battling tonsillitis.

The McLaren driver was suffering from symptoms including a sore throat and vision issues during the Spanish Grand Prix weekend, and was left requiring medical checks post-race after finishing inside the points.

Ahead of the Monaco GP weekend, Norris was given an exemption from media duties, with the team deciding he was still too unwell to fulfill them, but he was passed fit to drive on Friday as he neared recovery.

"I'm almost there. I'm not 100 per cent but I can't describe how much better I am than this time last week," he said.

"I'm 90 per cent there. I'm still struggling a bit with my throat and coughing but the main part of my fever is now gone.

"I can now enjoy it when I'm driving and it's been a decent first day in Monaco, so I'm happy."

McLaren targeting 'best of the rest' label for qualifying

Norris positioned himself best of the rest during Friday's second practice session, ahead of the Mercedes of George Russell and behind only the Red Bulls and Ferraris.

When asked if he believes McLaren can fight for P5 on qualifying day, Norris continued: "That's the aim, for sure. It's not going to be easy.

"Mercedes are very close and AlphaTauri seem close as well. I'm surprised to be ahead of Mercedes. I expected them to be ahead of us."

He added: "The plan is to stay ahead of them and, if we can, I'll be very happy with that."

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