McLaren F1 Prove Once Again Why They are a Fan Favorite Team

Published 10/28/2021, 1:21 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates winning the race on the podium REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


The 2021 United States Grand Prix had quite a few amazing moments throughout the weekend, with the excitement peaking to a whole new level on race day. Of course, the one that tops the list is the race itself, which was quite exhilarating to watch amidst the nail-biting end, thanks to our two F1 title contenders.

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And the second thing definitely has to be the kind of on-track events that unfolded prior to lights out. From the cheer girls of Dallas Cowboys to Joshua Ray Walker’s hair-raising few minutes as he sang the national anthem to the paragliders carrying the American flag far in the skies to the military choppers’ fly-by.

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One such moment managed to make it onto the headlines, but this time arriving from a spectator, who was in the stands at COTA. Now, not only is he called the ‘Shoey Guy’, but he’s also made his way onto McLaren’s official Twitter handle. What a moment for the American!

All he had to do was chug a can of beer from one of his shoes, and now here he stands, as one of the most famous spectators in recent times.

McLaren shares the United States GP fan’s message

McLaren F1 team took to Twitter to reveal the identity of the mystery Daniel Ricciardo fan, who gathered massive attention from the fandom. The British outfit took a screenshot of his message to the team itself. The mystery man wrote to McLaren, “Hey, I am the fan that did the shoey during qualy at the US GP.”

Want to know more about him? Well, here it is. His real name is Michael Cicerone and the 24-year-old hails from Boston, United States. So how did he fall for F1?

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Netflix! Should we be surprised anymore? Not at all. Just another American fan who’s given their heart out to the sport after spending hours watching Drive to Survive, which is awaiting the arrival of season 4 post-2021 F1 campaign.

Overall, these are positive signs for F1 and their growth around the world. Nobody even anticipated this, especially not after facing a horrendous couple of years between 2017 and 2018, when F1’s future looked absolutely bleak and likely to perish in time.

Well, the sport is still intact, and its fame has blown up to an unimaginable level! More fans are starting to pour in, and if F1 follows this particular trajectory, it wouldn’t be a shock even if F1 manages to rise up as one of the most famous sporting leagues in the entire world.

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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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