‘They Never Sleep’ – Lando Norris Explains American F1 Fans’ Craziness

Published 10/28/2021, 6:03 AM EDT
Motor racing – Formula One – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Anton Vaganov


After a year’s hiatus, the United States Grand Prix returned this to the F1 calendar. So it was understandable that fans were excited, so much so that they even waited outside the hotel as stated by McLaren’s Lando Norris.

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It is reported that 400,000 fans were in attendance for the Grand Prix weekend. And there were 140,000 fans just during Sunday’s race at the Circuit of the Americas.

Lando Norris was surprised by the number of fans in Austin for the US GP

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After the blockbuster, Netflix series, Drive to Survive, F1’s popularity skyrocketed in the States. It is understandable that fans were excited to see Formula One return to America this season. Norris was shocked to see the number of fans that were waiting outside their hotel.

As quoted by Motorsport-Total, “That was great. Of course: You drive a race and you are concentrated, but on the warm-up lap as well as on the lap of honor it was amazing to see how many people were there. So many enthusiastic fans!”

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Andrej Isakovic

“This is how Formula 1 should be, with more guests and media and VIPs in the paddock. Every morning and evening the fans waited in front of the hotel. You almost think they never sleep – or in the hotel lobby,” Norris explained. (Translated via Google Translate)

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How did Norris do in Austin?

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The McLaren driver started in seventh place in Sunday’s race and was hoping to gain some places as soon as the lights went out. However, the 21-year-old struggled as he zipped around COTA.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 23, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during qualifying REUTERS/Mike Blake

As the chequered flag brought the race to a close, Norris found himself in eighth place, taking home four points in the process. Now, with a week off from F1, Norris would aim to make amends in the upcoming Mexican Grand Prix.

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What are your predictions for Norris for the race in Mexico? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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