The nerves are setting in for England vs Germany later on, I know I’m absolutely bricking it, so imagine how the players must be feeling! To help them keep calm, Lando Norris and his family have given the England squad a sim rig to see if they can beat his time!
“They have two simulators installed by my brother at Cool Performance,” said Lando. “So they are doing hot laps of Brands Hatch when they are resting in between training.
“I know they are trying to beat my lap time I did, I don’t think any of them have done it yet. I know Mason [Mount] messaged me to say he is trying hard to beat me.”
That’s fantastic! The England team are using F1 for their downtime, obviously the best way to chill out from training for hardcore competition is obviously more competition, sports people ay!
Lando raced at Silverstone in 2018 when England were playing in the quarter finals of the World Cup and had an England flag on the side of his car so it’s obvious who he’s supporting: “I am supporting England and speak to some of the guys. Mason sent me a jersey to wear, which I will be wearing. I know a lot of them are motorsport fans too, who want to come to some of the races when they can.”
There are a lot of F1 fans in the football world, the Wales team, who got knocked out the other day, were playing their group games in Baku and to relax they raced on F1 2020.
Working in an F1 team brings lots of different rivalries when there’s a huge international competition and it’s the same at McLaren, Lando said a few weeks ago: “Andreas [Seidl, McLaren’s Team Principal] is a hardcore Germany supporter, probably the biggest football fanatic in the paddock.