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Remember when Lando Norris popped the champagne on the podium and broke Max Verstappen‘s winning trophy? The McLaren driver is infamous for his mischievous behavior, and one can tell just by looking at him that something crazy is brewing inside his mind. And now, as Lando Norris posted a birthday wish on his social media, it went wrong and revealed the side of Max Verstappen that many don’t see. What was it?

Martin Garrix was usually spotted in Max Verstappen’s garage every now and then, but it seemed like the Dutchman also befriended McLaren driver Lando Norris. Verstappen and Norris enjoyed each other’s company and were spotted partying together after Norris’ first win, and it made sense for the trio to hang out together. They’ve done so on many occasions and attended Martin Garrix’s shows and parties.


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The most recent example was when Lando Norris was partying in Amsterdam at Martin Garrix’s party and got a cut in his nose. Even Verstappen was invited, but he decided against going. And now, Norris has come out to wish Martin Garrix a very special birthday in a way that might not be approved by Max Verstappen, or even the EDM legend.

Lando Norris, on his Instagram story, uploaded a photo of Max Verstappen and Martin Garrix on the same surfboard. The 3X champ is on his all-fours desperately trying to maintain balance, whereas Garrix is behind him and rowing the board forward. In the story, Norris wrote, “Happy Birthday Broooooo❤️❤️❤️❤️” and added, “ Sorry HAHA. Miss you @martingarrix”. However, the story was taken down within a couple of minutes of being uploaded. Yet, many fans managed to screenshot it, and the ones that saw the post have sparked buzz by pouring in comments.

“I have it printed out”: Lando Norris’ cheeky birthday wish blows fans’ minds away

As soon as the pictures surfaced on the internet from those who took a screenshot before Norris deleted it, fans were sent into a Frenzy, reacting and commenting on the same in a crazy manner. Many people thanked the ones who saved the picture, as they suggested that otherwise, they would’ve missed out on this masterpiece of an image.

“Thanks for the photo wkwk”


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Then there were those who awakened their inner Toto Wolff and commented on the infamous lines that the Mercedes CEO said while brawling with Christian Horner on the Drive to Survive Docuseries.

“I have it, I have it printed out”

“‘I HAVE IT, THE HAVE PRINTED OUT’ me at the exact moment I noticed Max in the photo”

Many called Lando Norris silly for uploading the photo but that is what the Brit is like, always jovial. Norris even released “No-Wins” Sweatshirts with his clothing brand after his first win. How can you expect him not to be silly?

“He’s so silly”


Some suggested that the only reason the Brit deleted the story was that he got a message from either Verstappen or Garrix to take down the photo.


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“oh he definitely got a message v quickly from Max and/or Martin”

Some were delusional and asked Norris to post a birthday wish for them while others just laughed off the image.

“it made me giggle when I saw it”


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“I have my birthday today, maybe he will post about me too #delulu”

What did you make of Lando Norris’ deleted Birthday wish for Martin Garrix? Let us know in the comments what you think. Should Norris have kept the picture uploaded rather than taking it down?

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Pranay Bhagi


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