Lando Norris Continues Claiming Max Verstappen Fans After Cheeky Move

Published 09/15/2021, 3:32 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


After the triumphant weekend in Monza, Lando Norris pulled a naughty move on Max Verstappen. While the McLaren driver upgraded to P2 on the podium, Verstappen’s race was cut short. Having already claimed the Orange Army once, Norris is on the move to convert Max’s fans.

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A fan revealed a pleasant surprise on her Verstappen merch. On a mini version of his helmet, there was the autograph of the British driver. Lando Norris also added “Max Sucks” to the helmet.

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Being the second-most funny driver on the grid, behind his teammate, this was a good-old Norris move to make. Fans soon realized that Norris may have drawn inspiration from his teammate; the Max blaming being the common theme. After Max and Daniel’s 2018 collision in Baku, Ricciardo pulled a similar antic.

The former Red Bull teammates were signing posters where Ricciardo signed: “Max’s fault he’s a d*ck!” Further, Verstappen signed “Daniel’s fault!” 

Norris’ belief that he has little in common with his teammate might be wrong. Apart from the victories on the track, they also share the role of the prankster.

Lando Norris crucial to McLaren victory

Lando Norris’ P2 was well fought for. After losing position to Hamilton on the first lap, Norris soon passed the Mercedes and held it at bay. Further, the Hamilton-Verstappen crash pushed him to P2. Norris soon came close to challenging his teammate but held back.

Instead of taking a major risk, Norris thought better of the challenge.

“I got a bit closer on one lap, and I don’t know why, but I had a few flashes of seeing the incident between Max and Lewis because I saw it quite well in my mirrors. So when I thought, maybe I’ll try, that kind of was flashing up in my head, and I thought, maybe this isn’t the wisest decision.”

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the sprint qualifying REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Nonetheless, Norris stood as an example of sportsmanship and teamwork.

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“I would have loved to go for the win, but our first and second, I think I’m just as happy with. The feeling I get for the team is priority over my own feeling in a way.”

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates on the podium with after winning the race with second place McLaren’s Lando Norris, third place Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and McLaren CEO Zak Brown REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

The Brit is sure of his place in the team and is confident of bringing home the victory one day. “I feel like I still have an opportunity in the future to try and go for it. But in this moment and instance, I was happy just staying where I was.”

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With the equation between McLaren and Norris being as great as ever, Norris will surely have the opportunities to get on the highest pedestal.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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