Lando Norris speaks out after being spotted with Joao Felix’s girlfriend

Lando Norris says champagne celebration can 'go wrong'

Lando Norris has spoken out on speculation surrounding his love life after being pictured with Magui Corceiro in Monaco. The Portuguese model has been in a relationship with Chelsea forward Joao Felix, who signed for the London club on loan from Atletico Madrid in January.

Felix and Corceiro met through social media in 2019. According to reports in Spain, a ‘series of controversies’ have drawn attention to the relationship over the past four years.

Although there has been no public confirmation that the pair have split up, Corceiro was spotted driving around Monaco with Norris in a viral social media clip. They were then snapped having a drink at a cafe along with another friend.

When quizzed on the social media scrutiny that comes with his F1 fame, Norris told The Sun: “I haven’t tried to hide anything when I’ve gone out to a restaurant.

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“You are allowed to do whatever you want. I know that so many presumptions are made just because I’m seen with someone, which I find hilarious. If I wanted to hide something I feel I can hide it well – but I’m not trying to hide anything.

“At the end of the day, if I wanted my life to be more private I would say yes [it is harder to avoid scrutiny]. I don’t want to just stay in my house all day and sit behind a computer. But it seems I can’t have friends nowadays, I can’t be seen with someone without somehow being in a relationship.”

McLaren have made a slow start this season, amassing only 14 points from the first five Grands Prix. Following the departure of Daniel Ricciardo, Norris is now the most experienced driver at the team, with hyped-up rookie Oscar Piastri lining up alongside him.

Norris again led the Australian during Friday’s second practice session, posting the fifth fastest time around Monaco’s tight, twisting street circuit. Saturday hosts the most important qualifying of the season, with overtaking supremely difficult once the race gets underway.

“The pace looked pretty good actually,” Norris explained. “We made some good steps with the set-up between the two practice sessions and we’re definitely getting a bit more confidence, which is quite important around here.

“We’ve always been pretty good here over the past few years. Mechanically, the car works relatively well. We’re good in the medium and high-speed corners, it’s just trying to tweak the slow-speed corners.”

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