How McLaren CEO Brown Is Helping a ‘Traumatized’ Norris With His Own Mugging Story

Published 07/15/2021, 7:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Earlier this week, Lando Norris was on the receiving end of a mugging after watching the Euro 2020 final. While the culprits stole the Briton’s watch, the incident clearly took a toll on him mentally.


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Ahead of the British Grand Prix, McLaren CEO Zak Brown revealed how he is supporting his in-form driver.

Zak Brown reveals he “spoke a lot” to Lando Norris after mugging incident


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After England lost to Italy at Wembley on Sunday in the finals of Euro 2020, chaotic scenes unfolded in London. Amidst the chaos, Norris got mugged and had his Richard Mille watch stolen. For a couple of days, Norris remained silent on social media while McLaren issued a statement on the same.

A few days later, Norris broke his silence on social media, thanking his fans for their support in his time of difficulty.

With the British Grand Prix weekend starting from tomorrow, having a clear mindset this week is key for Norris. So, he also exchanged several words with CEO Zak Brown about the incident.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 27, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris before practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Brown revealed he talked about his own stories of falling victim to mugging in his hometown of Los Angeles to help Norris. He said“I have spoken with Lando about it a lot.

“I was mugged three times in Los Angeles when I was younger, so I shared my story. It’s easy to feel responsible when you’re the victim, as you’ve got a nice watch on.”


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Brown: It was not a well-executed event

While Norris continues to recover from the after-effects, the 49-year-old believes the security at the final was quite poor. Moreover, he believes Norris did everything he could and fell victim to terrible people.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021 McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

He said, “The reality is he did everything he was supposed to do. You’ve got bad people in the world. That was not a well-executed event. I went and it just wasn’t acceptable behaviour.


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“That needs to be fixed as you shouldn’t ever feel in danger at a big sporting event — you’d never see that in Formula One. He’s a bit traumatised but will be just fine.”

Although the Briton arrives at Silverstone in excellent form this season, the impact of this incident remains unknown.


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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.