Lando Norris panics on Twitch stream after controversial Lewis Hamilton comment

McLaren’s Lando Norris was left with his head in his hands after accidentally calling Lewis Hamilton an eight-time world champion during a Twitch stream.

Lando Norris is one of the biggest sports stars on Twitch with over a million followers, and hundreds of thousands tuned in to watch him after the chaotic end to the Australian Grand Prix.

The 23-year-old McLaren driver and his teammate Oscar Piastri managed to navigate around three red flags and multiple safety cars to deliver the team’s first points finish, moving them into fifth place in the Constructors’ Standings. 

Showing off his collection of F1 helmets to his fans, Norris pointed to the one he personally wore during the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which ended with Max Verstappen sealing his first world title in a last lap shootout.

“This one here is when Lewis [Hamilton] won his eighth world championship,” Norris said, before panicking when he realised his mistake.

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The Formula 1 driver halted mid-sentence and hid his face from the camera, as he broke into giggles knowing how controversial the ending of the race is.

The result of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is still debated after then-race director Michael Masi didn’t apply the rules correctly after a late safety car was deployed.

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By leaving Hamilton, on old hard tyres, and Verstappen, on fresh soft tyres, the Mercedes driver felt the result was “manipulated” to painfully deny him a record-breaking eighth world championship.

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With Mercedes struggling to adjust to the new set of regulations, Hamilton’s eighth Drivers’ title appears to be out of reach this season, as the Brit is sat in fourth place in the standings.

Hamilton showed that, while it will be a challenge to fight for the championship, he’s still determined to place Mercedes at the top of the grid when possible, starting the Australian Grand Prix in P3 and finishing in P2.