Norris announced in early January that he had tested positive for COVID-19 whereas taking a vacation in Dubai forward of a deliberate coaching camp, forcing him to finish a 10-day self-isolation earlier than he might return house to the UK.
It made Norris the fourth F1 driver to contract COVID-19, following constructive take a look at outcomes for Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll, and Lewis Hamilton via the 2020 season. Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly have additionally since examined constructive for the virus following spells in Dubai.
The affect of COVID-19 has assorted from case to case. Aston Martin driver Stroll mentioned final yr that it “wasn’t a simple restoration” within the races that adopted his interval on the sidelines, whereas world champion Hamilton misplaced 4kg as a result of virus.
Requested by Motorsport.com about how COVID-19 had impacted him over the winter, Norris was upbeat, saying it had not affected his preparations for the brand new season too significantly.
“I believe fortunately for me, COVID wasn’t too dangerous,” Norris mentioned.
“It was just a few days or so of initially having no style, no odor, the conventional actually, and simply feeling very drained and drained for a few weeks.
“Since then, [I’ve] mainly totally recovered, every little thing is again to regular. I wouldn’t say that it actually affected me an excessive amount of, [apart from] a little bit of the coaching.
“I wasn’t allowed exterior in any respect, I didn’t have a window or something. I simply needed to do some fundamental exercises in my room, no cardio or runs or cycles. However simply doing what I might in my room.
“That was all. Aside from that, since then, it’s been a bit extra again to regular, at my home right here again within the UK, on my bike, on my treadmill, no matter, all the conventional stuff, neck coaching and simply getting again within the grasp of issues.
“However aside from that, I’m good.”
Norris returned to the observe final week when he took half in a personal F3 take a look at to assist rise up to hurry, and can pattern the brand new McLaren MCL35M automobile within the coming days throughout a shakedown at Silverstone.
The British driver will enter the brand new season seeking to construct on a formidable second marketing campaign for McLaren final yr that noticed him assist the workforce end third within the constructors’ championship, in addition to scoring his maiden podium end.
Norris defined how he felt extra assured going into the brand new season with the extra expertise below his belt, having additionally completed final yr strongly.
“I’m simply that little bit extra assured,” Norris mentioned.
“I can go into the season, I can go into the winter take a look at and the primary race realizing what I really need and what I need within the automobile from my engineers.
“We work simply that little bit extra in concord altogether, and that can carry extra efficiency from my facet and as a workforce.”