Lando Norris recovered from food poisoning to grab fourth on the Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix Sprint race grid, leaving him surprised at his own performance. The British driver missed media day on Thursday after being struck down with the illness, with Nyck De Vries given a seat fit in case Norris could not race. He recovered in time to take to the track for FP1 and starred in qualifying by going P1 in Q1 before ending up fourth on the grid behind Kevin Magnussen, Max Verstappen and George Russell. Speaking after his best qualifying result since a P4 result in Hungary, Norris admitted his surprise at how well he had done.
Norris fourth after poisoning
"I'm really happy with today as I don't feel good," Norris explained to Sky Sports F1. "I feel like I didn't do things as well as I should have done, as I wasn't feeling 100%, but it turned out really well considering, so a surprisingly good day." Having topped Q1 in mixed conditions, Norris felt the team could have been a little more risk averse in the latter stages. "When conditions were a bit more tricky, I was the quickest in them. "[We had to decide] do we go out first on a track which might start to dry a little bit to check conditions, or wait a little bit and they may get a bit better? "We chose the second option, which wasn't a great one at the end of the day, but I still managed to go P4 with the wettest track out of everyone, so you win some, lose some."