THROWBACK: When Lando Norris was on Tea Service Duties to Fernando Alonso at McLaren

Published 08/17/2021, 11:16 AM EDT
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 talks in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone in Northampton, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


Lando Norris is known for his funny antics in the sport, even when he was a reserve driver for McLaren. The young Brit offered a cup of tea, to Fernando Alonso at the United States Grand Prix back in 2018.

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The 2-times world champion was also in a cheerful mood and accepted the beverage offered by Norris. It was truly an iconic moment and is still remembered by avid Formula One fans.

A wholesome moment between Lando Norris and Fernando Alonso

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While the Spanish driver was waiting in the McLaren garage, Norris walked up to him and offered a cup of tea. Alonso happily accepted and requested sugar, which Norris cheerfully provided.

But, it was done just yet, as Norris took a drill instead of a spoon to help stir Alonso’s tea. However, while Lando was having a conversation, Fernando walked up to him to give him, a cup. The young Brit was surprised, only to realize it was just the empty cup that Alonso had used.

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Norris and Alonso still show their support for each other

Before the 21-year-old became one of the most talented drivers on the grid, he was a reserve driver for the Woking-based outfit. During his time, he was mentored by Alonso who helped him find his feet in the sport. And, since then, the two stay and contact, and even swapped helmets.

In Austria, Fernando wrote an inspiring message for the young driver, which said, “You are a star, a rock star!! Best of luck for the future Lando!”

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While, Norris was grateful for Alonso and wrote, “Fernando, thanks for teaching me everything when I joined McLaren”.

Even though they might be at different teams, with Alonso at Alpine, and Lando continuing his F1 journey with McLaren. We hope to see such wholesome moments once the second half of the season kicks off in Spa.

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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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