Shaquille O’Neal Towers over Lewis Hamilton After Grand Arrival at US Grand Prix Post-Race F1 Presentation

Published 10/24/2021, 6:30 PM EDT
MCDONOUGH, GEORGIA – APRIL 07: Shaquille O’Neal speaks during Pepsi Stronger Together and CTG Foundation Atlanta Law Enforcement Press Conference on April 07, 2021 in McDonough, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Pepsi Stronger Together)


Formula One finally seems to have managed to break the barrier that was keeping them from taking over the market in the United States, as the United States Grand Prix of 2021 turned out to be an absolute festival in itself. The race took place at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, and it saw quite a few celebrities turn up too. But all one could talk about at the end of the race was the grand entry of a very special guest–the Los Angeles Lakers Legend Shaquille O’Neal for the prize distribution ceremony for the US Grand Prix. And they didn’t even leave his height difference with Lewis Hamilton out of the discussion!

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From crazy fans in the grandstands emulating Daniel Ricciardo and doing shoeys, to a flame-throwing octopus car better known as ‘el pulpo mecanico’ the United States Grand Prix was one of the craziest Grand Prix in recent history. The cherry on the top, however, was four-times NBA Champion Shaquille O‘Neal turning up at the end of the Grand Prix to present the winners’ trophy to Max Verstappen.

Shaquille made quite a grand entrance, as fans suddenly spotted an epic longhorn car, a huge convertible with an insanely large bull horn fitted in the front, rolling up to the Parc Ferme. In the car, sitting was the seven-foot-one-inch tall NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, holding the winner’s trophy. He went on to the podium and presented the trophy to Max Verstappen.

Big Shaq reminds F1 fans how big he is, standing beside Lewis Hamilton

The fans on Twitter had a field time as Shaquille was standing beside the drivers, and the size difference between the Basketball player, standing at 7 feet 1 inch, and Lewis Hamilton, standing at around 5 feet 7 inches was almost comical. Even after standing on the elevated 2 place podium, Lewis barely managed to reach the height of Shaquille.

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Shaquille O’Neal was at the circuit before the race started and was spotted talking to the Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner and even then, the main talking point among fans was the fact that well, Shaquille is just, HUGE.

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Shaq also played a DJ set, under his alias DJ Diesel at the Circuit of the Americas alongside Twenty One Pilots, legendary “Piano Man” singer-songwriter Billy Joel, and iconic soul-funk band Kool & The Gang.

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Riddhi Mondal

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Riddhi Mondal is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having previously worked as a student reporter at The Statesman, she is an ardent follower of all things F1. A nerd through and through, the complicated physics that goes into the cars is what drew Riddhi to the sport.

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