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Lando Norris

Norris given the all-clear to race in Belgian GP

Lando Norris has been given the all-clear to race in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix, following his huge crash in qualifying, McLaren have confirmed.

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Lando Norris has escaped injury and been cleared to contest Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix, following his high-speed qualifying crash at Spa-Francorchamps, McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl has confirmed.

Amid increasing rainfall, Norris was tackling Eau Rouge on his first flying lap in Q3 and lost control of his McLaren; he speared off into the barriers, suffered a series of spins and eventually came to a halt in the escape area on the outside of Raidillon.

After sending a radio message to his team to confirm that he was "OK", Norris climbed out of his ruined car, but could be seen holding his left arm. He visited the circuit's Medical Centre for checks, before being sent to a local hospital for a precautionary X-ray of his elbow.

On Saturday evening, Seidl told media, including RacingNews365.com, that Norris has been cleared of injury and given the green light to race on Sunday.

"Precautionary checks were done in the hospital, also around his elbow, that was hurting a bit, but everything is good, and he's cleared to be back racing tomorrow, which is great news," said Seidl.

As for Norris' car, which will require a major rebuild, Seidl added: "The assessment of the damage is still ongoing, and the assessment of, let's say, also the consequences, and what that means in terms of what we have to change, and what that means for the starting position tomorrow."

Norris ended qualifying in 10th position, but is slated to line up ninth on the grid following the application of Valtteri Bottas' five-place grid penalty, providing he does not take a grid drop of his own for car repairs, or a pit lane start.

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