WATCH: Lando Norris Obliges Ferrari Fan Before Bumpy Interaction With Carlos Sainz

Published 09/18/2021, 8:05 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


Despite competing in just his third F1 season, Lando Norris has already established himself as a popular figure in the F1 paddock. The Briton is enjoying one of his strongest seasons this year, sitting in fourth place in the driver’s championship.

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Along with new teammate Daniel Ricciardo, Norris is spearheading McLaren’s battle with Ferrari for third place. During the Italian Grand Prix weekend, he made a stunning gesture for a Ferrari fan and bumped into his former teammate, Carlos Sainz.

Lando Norris signs Ferrari T-shirt for a fan during Monza track walk

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Yesterday, McLaren released another episode in their regular post-race Unboxed series. Titled ‘The Perfect Weekend’, the 27-minute video covered several aspects of the British outfit’s weekend in Monza.

A segment in the video showed Norris take a different approach to the customary track walk. Along with a couple of his colleagues, the Briton took to cycling on the Monza circuit. Before reaching the Ascari chicane, fans beside the track called for the Briton to sign a few autographs.

And one of those fans held out a Ferrari T-shirt, which caught Norris‘ eye. The Briton kept the fan’s request, who wished him luck for the weekend after receiving his autograph.

While Italians are extremely passionate about Ferrari, they show immense love for every F1 driver, depicting their feelings for the sport. In fact, the video also shows fans queued up at the exit of the track, cheering for Norris while attempting to take pictures when he entered their phones’ frames.

Before Sunday’s race, the 21-year-old also found time to joke with Sainz, who now races for Ferrari. Norris landed a playful punch on the Spaniard, who responded with a kick of his own. Following the interaction, Sainz admitted Norris’ punch was “too hard for a race weekend.”

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Norris achieved his best finish in F1 on Sunday

The Briton showed exceptional skill to hold off Valtteri Bottas’ charge through the field to finish second. This marked his best finish in an F1 race, with his previous podiums coming due to third-placed finishes.

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 12: Race winner Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1, second placed Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 and McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 12, 2021 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Along with Daniel Ricciardo‘s victory, McLaren reclaimed third place from Ferrari in the constructor’s championship. With seven races to go, this looks like a battle that will go down to the wire.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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