“I Sometimes Get Mad and Shout at People”- Lando Norris Dissects His off Track Persona




Lando Norris is one of the young drivers who has managed to make Formula 1 more interesting off track by streaming himself playing video games. While speaking to Formula1.com, Norris mentioned that playing games keep him ‘focussed.’ He believes that playing video games has helped him in further developing his performance on-track.

While speaking to F1, Lando spoke about the positives of playing games. “It’s the same with the lap time,” said the Mclaren driver.

When I play games that require a lot of brainpower, they keep me focussed and they give me a similar feeling to when I’m driving a car. How can I do this better? How can I improve this corner? Where can I overtake the car in front?

Despite not having any connection, Norris believes that racing and shooting games are very similar.

Lando Norris During Tuscan GP Practice
Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – McLaren’s Lando Norris during practice REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Driving and video games like Call of Duty are very different worlds. But they correlate in so many thought processes,” Norris said. “The way you think about things, the strategies you need to think differently so you can out-play an opponent: What do I have to do to beat this guy?

Achieving perfection, muscle memory, managing an array of information to make split-second decisions. The two things are actually very similar.

Earlier this year, to keep the fans engaged amidst the pandemic, F1 had introduced Esports for the drivers and other famous personalities from around the world. Drivers like Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, and George Russell played a huge part in the gaming’s success as F1 witnessed a decent amount of viewership over the course of the event.

Lando Norris reveals he gets ‘mad while playing video games

Lando Norris, along with other drivers, started streaming on Twitch themselves, playing video games. He opened up about how streaming on Twitch will help his fans.

Lando Norris during the press conference at the Belgian Grand Prix
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 27, 2020, McLaren’s Lando Norris during the press conference | Courtesy: FIA/Handout via REUTERS

I think that who I am and what I do- playing video games and having fun, enjoying life. It has the bonus of attracting younger fans,” Norris said. “Boys and girls who want to grow up to be race car drivers can see that I am a normal person.”

I sometimes get annoyed and mad and shout at the game and at people. Because it’s the normal thing people do when playing games. I’m not a superhuman person.”

Norris managed to gain a massive fan following through the platform and is now a well-known personality in the world of gaming along with F1.