The McLaren driver lost control of the rear of his car in wet conditions on the approach to Eau Rouge and speared off into the barriers at the left-hand side at the top of the hill at high speed. 

Norris reported he was “okay” but was seen holding his elbow as he climbed out of his wrecked McLaren. He is currently being assessed at the circuit medical centre. 

Q3 has been suspended so marshals can clear the debris as heavy rain continues to fall.

Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel had called for a red flag due to the worsening conditions just moments before Norris crashed.

Informed that the session had been stopped due to Norris’ accident, Vettel reacted with a passionate outburst over team radio.

“What the f—-did I say? Red flag! It’s unnecessary. Is he okay?”

The four-time world champion was the first driver to pass the scene of Norris’ accident and stopped near the Briton’s car to check his rival was okay.

Norris had been enjoying a strong qualifying session prior to his crash and had set the fastest time in both Q1 and Q2.