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Norris damages Verstappen’s Hungarian GP trophy during podium celebrations

Norris damages Verstappen’s Hungarian GP trophy during podium celebrations

Lawrence EdmondsonF1 EditorJuly 23, 2023, 09:46 PM2 minutes of reading

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Lando Norris is devastated after crashing from the top step of the podium while celebrating Max Verstappen’s winner’s trophy at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Verstappen won Sunday’s race by more than 30 seconds from Norris, who finished second for McLaren over Sergio Perez’s Red Bull.

During the traditional celebrations, Norris clinked his bottle of champagne on the first step of the podium next to Verstappen’s trophy.

The top three drivers at the Hungarian Grand Prix receive handmade porcelain trophies, which were made in six months and cost $44,500 to make.

The vibrations from Norris’ bottle sent Verstappen’s trophy flying into the air, tipping over and hitting the floor.

The base of the trophy was broken and Norris continued to spray Verstappen with champagne before looking down at the broken porcelain on the floor.

Lando Norris smashes Max Verstappen’s winner’s trophy on Hungarian podiumFerenc ISZA / AFP/ Getty Images

Asked what happened in the post-race press conference, Norris joked: “I’m not sure…

“Damn, did Max put it too close to the edge? I don’t know, it tipped over.”

“Not my problem, it’s his!”

Verstappen, who has 44 F1 wins to his name, didn’t seem overly concerned as he carried the broken pieces of the trophy off the podium with a smile.

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