Lando Norris Cheekily Offers F1 Fans Kimi Raikkonen’s Secret Santa Gift to Him

Published 12/24/2021, 11:05 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrates after qualifying in third position Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili


Formula 1 seasons are generally intense and can take a heavy toll on the mental and psychological health of the drivers. To keep the atmosphere light and happening around the paddock, F1 carries out certain fun activities during the race weekends. Along these lines, promoters organize a secret Santa every year. The drivers have some fun time off the grid and F1 releases the footage for fans after the season.

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We saw something similar in 2021 as well, which was one of the most intense seasons in recent memory. All the drivers received their secret Santa gifts for 2021 before the last race, and it was surely a bag full of surprises. In a video released by F1, there were a lot of cheeky and thoughtful gifts for our favorite drivers to make the festivities more fun; not so much for Lando Norris though.

Kimi Raikkonen got Norris for his secret Santa and he gifted a bottle of Dry Gin to the young Brit. Norris, however, couldn’t make any sense of it. “No, I’ve never had Gin before, really. Why the hell would someone give me gin.

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Lando Norris wants to get rid of his gift

Norris was not impressed by the gift and looked forward to passing it on. Lando’s initial comments after he saw the gift wrap surely indicated this. He initially guessed it to be from Mick Schumacher or Sebastian Vettel. However, he was shocked to know that it was from Kimi.

“Really! Kimi Raikkonen. I said it’s going to someone who drinks a lot because they know I don’t drink.”

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Lando reacted hilariously on Twitter about this. F1 recently posted a tweet that said, It’s the season for giving And there were plenty of laughs and surprises when the F1 grid got involved with their annual Secret Santa gifts!” Norris replied to the Tweet saying, “Anyone want some dry gin?”

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Lando Norris had a good season with the Surrey-based outfit. He claimed the 6th spot in the drivers’ championship with 10 top-5 finishes and 4 podiums. However, now the drivers are off to a much-deserved break before the winter testing for the upcoming 2022 F1 season. With new rules in place, it is going to be an absolute cracker of a season.

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Rituraj Tripathi

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Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.

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