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Lando Norris

Norris reveals diagnosis after 'one of my hardest races ever'

Lando Norris finished eighth in the Spanish Grand Prix on what proved to be a challenging weekend for the Briton, who had been experiencing illness throughout.

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Lando Norris has revealed more about the illness he had been suffering with throughout the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.

The McLaren driver had been feeling unwell in the build-up to Sunday's race, and struggles with his energy levels meant that he was unable to attend some engineering sessions.

Despite this, Norris still managed to finish the event in P8 after starting from 11th on the grid, but he was taken for precautionary medical checks following the Grand Prix, which was held in very high temperatures.

It was later confirmed that Norris had been suffering with tonsillitis, and the Briton admits that the combination of this and the heat made the race one of the most challenging he has ever done.

Norris reveals impact of illness on weekend

"Today was tough," Norris explained.

"I was feeling really unwell before the race as I'm suffering with tonsillitis, and that, in combination with the high temperatures, made this one of the hardest races I've ever done.

"I've been a bit on the backfoot this weekend as most of my energy has been spent fighting off this illness.

"I've had to miss a lot of engineering sessions, which has compromised my weekend, and I definitely wasn't as prepared for the Grand Prix as I could have been."

Focus turns to Monaco for McLaren

Given his struggles with illness, Norris was thrilled to finish the afternoon in a points-paying position.

"With that in mind, I'm really pleased to have come out of the race with decent points for the team," he added.

McLaren will now turn their attentions to preparing for the Monaco Grand Prix, which takes place from 27-29 May.

"The team have been working really hard to bring performance to the car, so I'm glad we could take something from the weekend," Norris said.

"We'll look at the data over the next few days, see if there's any additional performance we can extract from the car and make sure we're ready to go for Monaco."

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