‘Suffering’ Norris happy to have almost made Q3 despite illness RaceFans


In the roundup: Lando Norris revealed he was ill during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix where he almost reached Q3.

In short

Norris is happy to have almost reached the third trimester despite his “suffering” from illness

Norris finished Q2 in 10th place and initially progressed to the final stage, until his best time was scrapped by the stewards for narrowly overshooting the track limits at the exit of Turn 12.

Asked by RaceFans if he felt good physically due to his visible discomfort after the session, Norris said: “I’m much better. I haven’t been great all weekend, to be honest with you.

“I just hurt with my throat and my eyes and I see, which doesn’t help,” he continued. “My sleep and all – energy levels are probably the worst I’ve had in a long time. So definitely not at my peak this weekend.

“But I was so happy even to be in Q3 and to go around the lap that I’ve had with how this weekend has gone so far. I was quite surprised by that, it makes me do well.

Quotes: Claire Cottingham

Collet “didn’t want to take the podium from Correa”

Caio Collet, who finished third in the Barcelona Formula 3 sprint race, said while he had no hesitation in overtaking Juan-Manuel Correa he regretted having to take a possible podium from the American driver.

Correa has recovered from life-threatening injuries sustained in the Formula 2 crash that claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert at Spa in 2019, returning to racing last season in Formula 3.

“He’s one of the guys I don’t want to take the podium away from,” Collet said. “He totally deserves it. And when I saw it, I felt it was bad, but I knew I had to go.

Quotes: Hazel Southwell

Pulling ‘in debt’ to compete with Powell, despite on-track battles

Abbi Pulling passed Alice Powell at the very start of the Barcelona W Series race and then battled to keep the more experienced driver behind her.

Pulling is a protege of Powell, who coached her during her time in British F4, with the couple also sharing a flat together. She is a pilot affiliated with the Alpine Academy, with Powell now also playing a role as talent scout and coach of the junior pilot program.

“I really appreciate everything Alice has done for me,” Pulling said. “If it wasn’t for Alice, I wouldn’t be in many places. She introduced me to Alpine and allowed me to bond with them.

“So I’m almost indebted to what she’s done for my career. We have so much respect for each other on the track. As much as we race against each other and we’ll probably discuss it when we’re home – she’ll say “if you didn’t pass me in the first place” this and that and I’ll say the same and we’ll go back and forth with him forever It’s a beautiful dynamic that we It’s quite unique and I really like it.

Quotes: Hazel Southwell

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