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Lando Norris

Norris won't change his approach after Spa qualifying crash

McLaren's Lando Norris won't change his approach after his qualifying shunt at Spa-Francorchamps, saying he crashed "for a good reason".

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Lando Norris says he's almost fully recovered from his scary crash during last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix qualifying session at Spa-Francorchamps and won't change his approach moving forward.

Norris had been fastest in Q1 and Q2 when he lost control of his McLaren early in Q3 while starting a flying lap in the worsening wet conditions. Spearing into the barriers at Eau Rouge, the British driver had to be taken to hospital for precautionary X-rays.

But just a few days later, Norris says he's ready to go racing again as Formula 1 moves onto the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.

"I'm back to as good as I can be, I think, still like ever so slightly bruised but nothing which is worth complaining about to make me look like a hero on the weekend! So [I am] all good," Norris told media, including RacingNews365.com.

Norris said afterwards that he felt he'd have dwelt on the crash more in the first two seasons of his career, but now believes his increased experience and confidence has helped him to move on from the error, knowing that it was a natural mistake brought on by the conditions.

"I think just more for the fact it's my third year, I'm a lot more experienced," he said.

"But, more importantly, I have a lot more confidence this year than I did the last two. And I'm just in a better place mentally, and just with my state of where I am in Formula 1. So yeah, I think like now I know it was more because I was pushing and taking risks, I know it was for a good reason, in a way, that I crashed.

"But yeah, I just feel like coming into this weekend, if it was last year, I would have been a lot more worried and maybe taken [things] a lot more cautious and things like that. But I don't feel like I did anything wrong with my approach to qualifying or the lap or anything. And I'm happy to do exactly the same and take the same risks this weekend."

Having been quickest man in Q1 and Q2 at Spa, Norris looked capable of joining in the fight for pole position in the McLaren but said he didn't want to say for certain that he'd missed out on top spot.

Asked about how good the McLaren was in the wet conditions, Norris joked: "How good is the driver is probably a better question! No, I think the car was very good and we had a good setup and came alive a little bit more in the wet conditions compared to the dry."

"The wet conditions are where drivers can show their potential a bit more and it's not as dependent on the car, as compared to what the dry conditions are, so it's where you can make bigger differences and sometimes you can take bigger risks and things like that.

"I was just in a very confident place. I was there in Formula 3 in the wet and was pretty quick. So my knowledge and my confidence was just high and I knew what I needed to do to be quick. And, until that point, I didn't feel like I was taking any extraordinary risks or anything, it was just I was at one with the car and you're confident with the braking and things like that, which can make a massive difference in the wet.

"The car was giving me that confidence, obviously, to be able to do it, so I don't know if I would have got pole or not, every situation is different. The conditions were changing and so on. But it tended to be the wetter it was, the better we were, and the quicker we were relative to other people. I want to be confident, I could have had a very good result."

Ahead of this weekend's Dutch Grand Prix, Sir Jackie Stewart spoke exclusively with RacingNews365 about home favourite Max Verstappen and a whole host of other topics. Check out the video below!

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