F1 Stars Leclerc & Gasly Sit Court-Side for Bucks-Nets NBA Season Opener With Spurs Legend Ahead of US GP

Published 10/20/2021, 5:36 AM EDT


F1 has finally arrived at the American continent after circling around Europe and Asia this season. And the next in line is the United States Grand Prix, scheduled later this week at the Circuit of The Americas.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Hence, quite a few drivers opted to land in the States much earlier to enjoy sightseeing. Two of them being AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly and Ferrari’s two-time Grand Prix winner, Charles Leclerc.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The two F1 drivers visited Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum arena on Tuesday night for the first NBA game of the 2021-22 season between the home team, Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets.

Bucks did manage to thrash Nets amidst an incredibly dominant performance from Greek forward, Giannis Antetokounmpo, who garnered a total of 32 points from 14 rebounds and 7 assists.

Oct 19, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) is guarded by Brooklyn Nets guard Jevon Carter (0) in the first half at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

Interestingly, Gasly and Leclerc’s visit to an American game comes days after George Russell and Alex Albon visited the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to watch the NFL game between Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars.

NBA legend joins F1 drivers Leclerc and Gasly for the game

In an image posted on social media, Leclerc and Gasly posed alongside former San Antonio Spurs player, Tony Parker.

The Frenchman holds onto staggering records in the game, including four championship wins in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014. Apart from that, the former point guard player has also featured in the NBA All-Star six times.

Leclerc took to Instagram to post a story of last night’s game. He wrote, “What a game! Huge thank you to Tony Parker and Rob Nelson (North Rock CEO).

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Rob Nelson (@robnels)

Similarly, Gasly wrote, “Thanks Tony Parker and Rob Nelson for inviting us! What a great game! Milwaukee Bucks.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Overall, the focus now shifts to the approaching race weekend in the COTA. Leclerc, amidst recent form and Ferrari’s blinding pace, is certainly capable of battling for a podium finish alongside Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez. Meanwhile, Gasly could well be looking at yet another subtle weekend.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc before the FIA Press Conference REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

P6 has been the number for the Frenchman! Gasly has qualified in P6 around six times and has managed to finish the race in the same position thrice. So, with AlphaTauri showing promising signs in Turkey, can Gasly yet again capitalize on the pace to secure a strong finish in the United States?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Watch Story: From Cristiano Ronaldo to Shaquille O’Neal: When Other Athletes Mingled With F1 Stars

 

Enjoyed reading this article? Download our exclusive app to get 24x7 coverage, latest memes and social media banter. Click here to download.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Rohit Kumar

1456 articles

Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT