McLaren Team Principal Andrea Stella has blamed a bump in the Las Vegas Grand Prix circuit for sending Lando Norris
Lando Norris lost control of his McLaren MCL60 at Turn 11 of the new Vegas street circuit after hitting a bump in the road. The impact caused him to spin and crash into the barriers at Turn 12, ending his race early. Norris was taken to the medical center and then transferred to a nearby hospital for precautionary checks, but fortunately, all the results came back negative. The team believes that the combination of the bump and cold tires may have surprised Norris, but they didn’t detect any issues with the car itself. The crash came shortly after the race resumed following a Virtual Safety Car period, suggesting multiple factors contributed to the incident. McLaren recommends fixing the bump at Turn 11, as it poses a challenge, especially at night when the tires are cold. Norris’ retirement was his first since the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix and ended his streak of points finishes. McLaren’s strong recovery in the constructors’ championship was slightly hindered in Las Vegas, as both Norris and teammate Oscar Piastri had difficult qualifying sessions and could only score two points in the race.