WATCH: Lando Norris Takes a Jibe at George Russell While Playing F1 2021

Published 08/17/2021, 7:23 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris on the podium during the national anthems after finishing third REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


The much-awaited F1 2021 video game was finally out, earlier in July, and one of the first drivers to get their hands on the game was George Russell and Lando Norris. F1 offered the duo a challenge – the two British drivers must defeat the AI version of themselves.

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The game had 5 laps around the Silverstone circuit, with just 4 cars on the track, including their own. All Russell and Norris had to accomplish was finish higher than the AI Norris and Russell.

Sounds easy, right? Well, the reality ended up being far from the expectations. The British duo barely got to beat their AI versions. In the midst of all that, Norris also managed to take an incredibly hilarious dig at his F1 colleague, Russell.

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What did Lando Norris say?

The race had 4 competitors – the AI version of Norris and Russell and the actual Norris and Russel behind the wheel. The AI made the duo look like amateurs, as they struggled to keep their cars on the track throughout the race.

Norris and Russell constantly kept cutting the corners and making amusing jumps on each other and commentating on the race themselves.

Ultimately, the podium had the AI version of Norris followed by the AI version of Russell, with the real Norris closing out the top 3.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Williams’ George Russell being interviewed before the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

And Norris couldn’t help but troll Russell, whose AI version was on the podium. Norris said, “That’s great. From never finishing in the points to getting a podium“.

The video was filmed ahead of the British Grand Prix, and hence the Williams driver was yet to score his first points. However, two weeks later, the wish came true, as Russell finally claimed his first top 10 finish for Williams at Hungaroring.

Were Norris and Russell able to beat the AI?

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The answer is no. Neither of the drivers was even able to compete against their AI versions, as Norris reckoned they were on ‘another level’.

Lando-bot and George-bot were on another level. 1.2 seconds a lap quicker,” Norris said. Russell then responded by saying, “We should retire. Leave it to the pros.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Williams’ George Russell after finishing eight in the sprint race qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

Russell finally ended his dry streak in Hungary last race weekend. And with potentially 12 races in hand, the prospects of Russell securing more points for Williams is bright. So can the Briton finally manage to finish the 2021 season in a commendable position?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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