Unharmed, British driver is “trying to make sure I’m ready and in the right zone” for Sunday’s race in Silverstone
By Yuri Coghe
McLaren driver Lando Norris was mugged after the UEFA 2020 final between England and Italy, which was held Sunday at London’s Wembley Stadium.
The team confirmed in a statement that the 21-year-old Bristol native had his watch stolen and was left “understandably shaken” but unharmed after the accident.
“The team is supporting Lando and we are sure that racing fans will join us in wishing him all the best for the British Grand Prix this weekend,” said McLaren. “As this is now a police matter we cannot comment further.”
According to the BBC, Norris was walking to his car in a parking lot at the venue when he was attacked by two men. The British broadcaster also reported that the stolen watch was worth £40,000, or about $70,000 Canadian.
Norris, who sits fourth in the drivers’ standings with 101 points and three podiums in nine races so far this season, took to Instagram on Tuesday to comment on the incident.
“Thanks for all the messages everyone,” said the McLaren driver. “Thought I’d let you know that I’m doing well and trying to make sure I’m ready and in the right zone for this weekend to perform at my best. Love you all and can’t wait to see so many of you back at the track this weekend.”
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Before he walked out of the stadium, Norris posted a picture reacting to the game’s result. Italy beat England on penalties to deny the home team their first-ever European championship. “Kinda sad, but love you England,” posted the driver.
Hamilton comments on racist abuse faced by British players after missed penalty kicks
Fellow Briton Lewis Hamilton also made headlines after the game.
The seven-time world champion, who is a consistent advocate against anti-Black racism and for social justice, condemned the racist abuse suffered on social media by English players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka.
The trio missed their penalty kicks in the shootout, which ultimately decided the competition after both teams tied 1-1 after extra time.
“The pressure to deliver is felt by every sportsperson but when you are a minority representing your country this is a layered experience,” Hamilton said in a statement. “Success would feel like a double victory, but a miss feels like a two-fold failure when it’s compounded with racist abuse.
“We must work towards a society that doesn’t require Black players to prove their value or place in society only through victory. Ultimately everyone on the England team should be so proud of their achievement and how they represented us,” added Hamilton. “The racial abuse on social media towards our players after yesterday’s game is unacceptable. This sort of ignorance has to be stopped. Tolerance and respect for players of colour should not be conditional. Our humanity should not be conditional.”