Lando Norris and axed driver spotted at birthday of Max Verstappen’s stepdaughter

Max Verstappen's stepdaughter turned four on July 27.

Lando Norris and axed AlphaTauri driver Nyck de Vries were seen with reigning World Champion Max Verstappen recently, at the birthday party of the Dutchman’s stepdaughter.

It was recently Verstappen’s stepdaughter Penelope’s fourth birthday, with several of the Dutchman’s colleagues and friends having been in attendance.

Penelope has often been seen disrupting Verstappen’s Twitch streams, as has recently her mother – the Red Bull driver’s girlfriend – Kelly Piquet.

Penelope’s father is ex-Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat, who Verstappen actually replaced at the Milton Keynes-based team at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.

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Piquet got with Verstappen after separating from the Russian driver, with the pair having been together ever since.

Penelope’s birthday party was held in Monaco ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, with tennis star Daniil Medvedev having also been present.

He was there with his family and is friends with fellow Russian Kvyat.

Those who attended Penelope’s party all posed for a group photo, which is where the likes of Norris and De Vries were spotted.

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Norris and Verstappen are known to be very good friends and are often seen partying together, whilst they’ve also finished 1-2 in the last two races.

Norris’ consecutive P2 finishes at the British Grand Prix and last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix marked the first time he’s claimed back-to-back podiums in the sport, with Verstappen having won both races.

The McLaren driver did break the two-time World Champion’s trophy last weekend at the Hungaroring though, whilst conducting his traditional champagne celebration.

Norris attempted his celebration next to Verstappen’s winning trophy, which fell onto the floor and broke into several pieces when the British driver slammed his champagne bottle against the podium.

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Verstappen’s trophy is believed to have taken six months to make and cost a reported €40,000; however, he is set to receive a new one due to it having a lifetime guarantee.

Whilst the pair joked about the incident at first, Norris has apologised for breaking the trophy ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, where Verstappen is targeting an eighth consecutive win and his 10th overall for 2023.

Another win for the Dutchman would also represent 13 consecutive victories for Red Bull.