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Lando Norris reveals what Donald Trump said to him after victory in the Miami GP

Lando Norris talks to Donald Trump

Donald Trump congratulated Lando Norris on his great victory in Miami (Photo: Getty)

Lando Norris says it was an ‘honour’ to receive Donald Trump’s support as he took his first Formula 1 victory at the Miami Grand Prix, revealing the former US president called himself a ‘lucky charm’.

The 24-year-old Briton opened a significant gap between himself, Max Verstappen and the rest of the field, taking full advantage of a safety car period to save tires and maintain the lead in style at the Miami International Autodrome in Florida .

The McLaren driver held the record for the most podium finishes without securing a win – after 109 races in the sport – and the joy and relief was clear to see when he finally broke his five-year duck.

Red Bull sensation Verstappen ultimately had to settle for second place, with Ferarri’s Charles Leclerc third and Lewis Hamilton finishing sixth in a season-best.

Among the thousands of spectators watching in Miami was Trump, who arrived Sunday, just days after his $250,000-per-ticket fundraising campaign — which he had planned for the race — was halted.

At the start of the week, the Washington Post reported that Miami GP and F1 joined in blocking Trump associate Steven Witkoff from hosting the fundraiser, which was to take place at his Paddock Club rooftop suite at the roof while it was in use. for ‘a political purpose’.

However, McLaren subsequently confirmed that they had accepted a request from Trump to visit their garage to “recognize and respect the office of President of the United States.”

Photos after the close race showed Trump enjoying the moment with the team and Norris lifted the lid on what the ex-president said to him as they shared a moment shortly after Sunday’s action

“He saw me afterwards and came over to congratulate me, so I think it’s an honour,” the Bristol-born driver later explained.

“Any time someone like that comes to you and takes time out of their life to pay respect for what you’ve done… it must be an honor.

The Brit insisted that ‘you should be grateful’ and ‘respect’ the support of people like Trump, with the latter apparently telling the driver he was his ‘lucky charm’.

“I don’t know if he’ll go to more races now,” Norris added.

‘But there were a lot of special, cool people here this weekend.

“Donald is someone you have to have a lot of respect for in many ways, and for someone like that who recognizes what you can do and the work ethic that comes with it, you have to be grateful. therefore.’

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