Lando Norris Slams F1 Viewers for Creating ‘Absolute Crap’ Out of the Wave to Ricciardo in Monaco

Published 05/27/2021, 2:05 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 23, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrates finishing third place after the match Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


Lando Norris enjoyed an exceptional race at last weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, where he secured his second podium of the season for McLaren. However, the Briton triggered a bit of controversy during the race, when he waved to Daniel Ricciardo while passing him under the blue flags. This generated a massive number of stories from the fans, with quite a few even speculating that Norris was waving goodbye to the Australian.

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Well, with the ever-growing stories around this incident, Norris has finally revealed the reason behind the wave to Ricciardo.

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What did Lando Norris say?

While streaming on Twitch, Norris clarified he has the habit of waving thank you to the back-markers when passing them under blue flags. He also slammed the fans for creating such “nonsense” stories out of the wave, that was intended to be out of respect for his teammate.

Alright, so I see so many of you make up absolute crap and nonsense as usual,” he said. “By the way, anytime someone lets me pass for a blue flag, anyone, if they get out of the way properly and they should, I put my hand up and say thanks, alright?

The scenario of Norris lapping Ricciardo in a race has always looked imminent, considering the latter’s immense struggles since joining McLaren earlier this year.

A poor qualifying session meant Ricciardo found himself surrounded by much slower cars in the race. Meanwhile, there was Norris, comfortably racing in free air in P4. Hence, Norris lapping his teammate was always coming at some point in the race at Monte Carlo.

I wave to freaking everyone: Norris

The McLaren driver opened up that apart from Ricciardo, he also waved to both the Haas drivers, Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher, during the Monaco GP race.

I did it to freaking everyone; Mazepin, Schumacher, Danny. Whoever I passed and they got out of the way, I put my hand up and say thanks,” he said.

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Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 and Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 look on from the grid during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

So, don’t just notice one when I passed Danny and think I’m doing something that is not right. Let me just get that point across because I see a lot of stories that people make up.”

A yet another strong race seems to be in the offing for McLaren at Baku. Moreover, with a Mercedes engine at the back, the British team might even be unstoppable through the approaching race weekend. So, will Ricciardo step up alongside Norris to deliver McLaren their strongest race finish of this season?

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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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