F1’s Lando Norris Robbed at Euro Championship Gameby Jack Gaffney July 13, 2021 3 comments
It was obviously a less-than-stellar day for our friends across the pond, as they lost a crushing Euro Championship to Italy in penalty kicks. Included in the disappointment was the pride of Bristol, McLaren F1’s 21-year-old ace Lando Norris. Norris attended the game at Wembley Stadium and was robbed of a highly valuable watch, according to The Sun.
Norris left the stadium after the game ended and was headed to his car in the lot. He was driving a McLaren GT; the 2021 model is worth a little south of a quarter-million USD. Luckily, that is not what Norris was robbed of. However, he did still get something rather valuable stolen from him. Two men approached him and one held him up while another snatched his watch. This watch, according to The Sun, was a Richard Mille RM 11-03, which has a McLaren edition. According to the folks over at A Blog to Watch, the McLaren Edition of this timepiece is worth 180,000 Swiss Francs or over USD $195,000.
It is important to note that Norris was not harmed, and his McLaren F1 team put out a statement on Monday confirming the incident:
“McLaren Racing can confirm that Lando Norris was involved in an incident, after the Euro 2020 final match at Wembley, during which the watch he was wearing was taken.
Thankfully, Lando was unharmed but he is understandably shaken. The team is supporting Lando and we are sure that racing fans will join us in wishing him all the best for the British Grand Prix this weekend.
As this is now a police matter we cannot comment further.”
For those not in tune with the Soccer/Intl. Football realm, security at Wembley apparently did not exactly do a bang-up job. This was not the only incident at the game. Allegedly, over 2,000 people without tickets made it into the stadium beforehand, leading to brawls in the concourses and elsewhere. The FA (English Football sanctioning body) allegedly did not want to foot the bill for increased security or police help for the final. In hindsight, that was a gigantic mistake and one that could potentially cost England future bids for Euros, World Cups, and other high-profile events.
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