F1 Twitter Reacts to Viral Video Starring Binotto Amidst NBA Challenge at 2021 United States GP

Published 10/21/2021, 2:56 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto is seen in a protective face mask before the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


F1 is officially making its return to the United States this weekend after a brief absence. And this year’s US GP has managed to coincide with the start of the new NBA season, hardly months after Milwaukee Bucks won their second league championship in the 2020-21 season.

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Well, amidst the ever-growing Basketball fever around the western continent, F1 decided to play along with the American fans’ interest. Days after revealing NBA team-inspired custom liveries on social media, F1 affirmed a Basketball tournament for the drivers, and possibly the team bosses, at the Circuit of The Americas.

And this led to a video starring Ferrari’s team principal, Mattia Binotto, going viral on Twitter. Back in 2019, the Italian took part in a Basketball challenge. In the video, Binotto can be seen shooting basketballs into the hoop, with absolute ease.

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Somehow, the video is back alive, busily circulating amongst social media. Motorsport tweeted the video with a rather hilarious caption.

F1: *announces a basketball tournament at COTA*

Binotto: my time to shine.

F1 Twitter reacts to the viral Binotto video

Of course, F1 Twitter is the best place to be when such videos show up out of nowhere. There were some amusing reactions to it. Here are a few!

What is the Basketball challenge about?

Formula 1 recently revealed that the drivers will be taking part in a free throw challenge on Thursday ahead of the press conference. And the winner of the challenge also gains money for charity.

On Thursday, Oct. 21, F1 Teams will battle it out off-the-track, in a free throw challenge at the NBA 75th Anniversary-themed basketball half-court, within the Circuit of The Americas paddock,” the statement read.

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Overall, this is certainly going to be an interesting weekend, with actions both on and off the track. But, let’s focus on the former. Most of the drivers are currently battling for a higher position in the championship table. And the desperation is likely to increase the chances of crashes from the upcoming weekend in Austin.

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So, amidst potential incidents in the making, how many drivers are ultimately going to see the chequered flag on Sunday afternoon? Well, only time will tell.

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Rohit Kumar

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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.

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