Last Sunday was a very difficult one for McLaren’s Lando Norris. Norris was at Wembley attending the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy, which was won by the Italians on penalties as the teams were tied at 1-1 AET.
After the game, the 21-year-old was attacked as hooligans had descended on Wembley throughout the day. His watch was stolen. Luckily he came away without any serious injuries, but his watch was stolen. Quite understandably, the young Brit was left shaken.
Norris spoke about it during media day at Silverstone on Thursday but didn’t go into details as the incident is under criminal investigation.
''I mean first of all, I'm here. I'm alright you know,'' said Norris to Sky Sports F1.
''Not the night I wanted and I guess not the night we all wanted from an England perspective but definitely not the way I wanted it to end and I guess [I was] just unlucky. I don't really want to go into too much details but I'm thankful I'm here.
''It's not the nicest experience for anyone to go through and you know it's not only me that it has happened to, it's happened to other people. It's something I don't wish upon anyone and of course if anyone else goes through it, I can sympathize for them and I know what they feel like.
''It's tough, it's been a tough few days to kind of get over it and make sure I'm sleeping well and everything. [I'm] not like in the perfect condition but I'm happy I'm here, still healthy and reasonably good.''
Asked if he was feeling alright both mentally and physically, Norris admitted he doesn’t feel in perfect condition ahead of the race this weekend.
''I'm fine [but] I've been better, I can say that,'' said the McLaren driver.
''I'm not in perfect condition, I'm not going to lie. Some work to do mentally. Of course I talk about that a lot and mental health; mental strength is very important.
''I've not been sleeping that great and so on... so not ideal and I'm feeling a bit sore but I'm not the guy in the worst position after Wembley and so on. I'll work on it; I'll make sure I'm feeling better and I'm in the best shape possible.
''I feel like I can still go out and focus on the job I need to do, so that's the main thing.''
Norris, who is P4 in the Drivers’ Championship following a superb start to 2021 in which he has secured three podiums, is hoping the support of the fans at his home event will give him a big boost after the incident last weekend.
''If there's one weekend where I'm feeling rough and I need some support from the fans and the crowds, it's gonna be today and this weekend,'' Norris concluded.
From us, to you: Thanks Key Workers ❤️ pic.twitter.com/28k9aobZwP— Lando Norris (@LandoNorris) July 15, 2021