Fortunately he got a clean bill of health, and he was soon back at the track, albeit feeling a bit second hand.
“I’ve been better,” he admitted. “But I’m good. I think just a bit bruised, obviously, it was quite a big impact and I think my body’s just been thrown around a little bit. But no, I’m good. I’m ready to race for tomorrow.
“And yeah, I want to get back on track already. Because it didn’t end the way I wanted it to.”
He gave a detailed account of what had gone wrong.
“Well, everything was going extremely well. Since the first lap in Q1 things were going perfectly and the car was feeling hooked up, I felt confident with the car. And I guess it was tricky going out in Q3 because even on the out lap I was saying how wet it was and saying it should be stopped or something, because I was aquaplaning quite a bit.
“So it was just a difficult situation to be in, how much do you want to push, how much do you not? I think it’s combination of pushing a bit too much for the weather at that point, and aquaplaning a little bit in the middle of Eau Rouge, which obviously doesn’t end too well.”
He also referenced a bump at Eau Rouge that Lewis Hamilton had noticed on Friday.
“There’s like a different tarmac strip at the bottom. And it definitely makes it a lot trickier, especially in those conditions, when it’s that wet. I think it was one of the first laps where it basically wasn’t flat out. And it wasn’t like I tried to do it flat out on my first attempt, I still lifted and whatever.
“You get these tram lines from where people go. And as soon as you go at the speed I was going, a little bit offline, you just hit all the standing water, and with the wet tyres and how much water was coming down, these bumps as well in the bottom of Raidillon going through Eau Rouge, it was too much for what I had to do.
“Things were going very well, the car was on fire” Lando Norris
“I think at the end of the day I guess my mistake, and my bad. But I didn’t feel like I was taking too many risks at the same time. I think it was just the conditions were so tough.
“Of course, I feel bad because things were going very well, the car was on fire, and Q1 and Q2 were extremely good. And I think I could have quite easily fought for pole position. But I’ve now given the team a lot of work to do, and probably a very late night. But not a lot I can do now.”
Inevitably his focus was already on the race, and making up for lost ground. At that stage he had officially moved up to ninth on the grid due to a penalty for Valtteri Bottas, but it was not yet clear what other penalties would result from the rebuild of the McLaren – although it was already evident that the gearbox was history, and that he would go back at least five places.