Lando Norris thanks ‘lucky charm’ Donald Trump after Miami GP win

Norri spoke with Trump after the race and the McLaren driver had nothing but praise for the former US president

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Lando Norris reserved some words of gratitude for his unlikely “lucky charm”, former USA president Donald Trump, after winning his first Formula 1 race at the 2024 Miami Grand Prix.

The 77-year-old was one of several high-profile American figures to attend the race around the Miami International Autodrome circuit, located around the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium. Trump was invited to visit their garage after submitting a request to Zak Brown, celebrated jubilantly at the checkered flag.

Trump was spotted walking on the grid before the race, wearing his trademark red baseball cap, as he prepares to begin his presidential campaign. And Norris revealed how he shared a special moment with the 45th U.S. president after experiencing the joy of his maiden win in F1.

“I didn’t see him in the garage to be honest, I was busy prepping for the race. But he saw me after and he came up to congratulate me,” Norris told the written press after the race in Miami, including Total-Motorsport.com.

Lando Norris after winning the 2024 Miami GP | McLaren F1 Team
Lando Norris after winning the 2024 Miami GP | McLaren F1 Team

“I guess [it’s] an honour because whenever you have someone like this, it has to be an honour for them to come up to you, to take time out of their lives and pay their respect for what you’ve done.

“He said he was my lucky charm because of my win, so I don’t know if he’s going to come from all my races now. But there’s a lot of special people that have been here this weekend.”

Trump takes share of credit

The McLaren driver finally ended his five-year wait for a race win in F1, stretching back 110 races to his debut for the team in 2019, after beating Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to the checkered flag in Florida.

While Norris‘ apparent endorsement for Trump may be seen as polarising in the UK due to his controversial views and outspoken nature, he explained how the billionaire’s appreciation for his work in F1 made it difficult not to appreciate his words.

“Donald is someone that you’ve got to have a lot of respect for, in many ways,” Norris added. “For anyone like that who acknowledges what you can go out and do, and acknowledges the work ethic that goes into things, you’ve got to be thankful for that and I was. So yeah, a cool moment.”

Trump reacted to Norris’ victory by posting on his Truth Social account, indicating he had some influence in the team’s triumph on American soil.

He wrote: “It was a great honor to see my friends at McLaren win the big Miami Formula 1 race. It was the car I visited before the race, and Endorsed–that’s what we need for our Country–WINNING!”

Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked for a number of media organisations, including the Daily Express, The Mirror, Evening Standard, The Independent and Bleacher Report. Joe has been following F1 since when he watched Mika Hakkinen clinch the 1999 drivers' championship, and his first taste of real-life racing action was watching David Coulthard spin off into the gravel at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2001.
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