Lando Norris' incredible reaction after he makes mistake of calling Lewis Hamilton 'eight-time world champion'
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Lewis Hamilton was accidentally called an 'eight time world champion' by F1 rival Lando Norris, who instantly realised his error in a hilarious moment.
The end of 2021 might be quite some time ago, especially in sport, but the finish to that year's Formula One season will live long in the memory of everyone.
Hamilton's loss in the final lap of the final race, in extremely controversial circumstances, to Max Verstappen is still being talked about 18 months later.
The farcical end to the Australian Grand Prix in the previous race once again had fans talking about it, with the race correctly ending behind the safety car, as should have happened in Abu Dhabi.
Some fans have continued to refer to the Mercedes driver as an eight time world champion, but no one would have expected a fellow driver to do it.
Whilst streaming a Q&A with his fans, that's exactly what Norris did, and the freudian slip was followed by a brilliant reaction, as you can see below.
Former Ferrari manager Peter Windsor recently cited the recent race in Melbourne as the reason Hamilton should have been champion, saying, "They finished the race [in Melbourne] behind the Safety Car. Ring any bells?
"That’s the finish we should have got in Abu Dhabi in 2021.
"...That, to me, was absolute proof – again – of what went wrong in Abu Dhabi and I still feel very hot under the collar about that as well.
“I still think it’s rotten that they completely blew that and Lewis Hamilton was robbed of that eighth title in that one incident.
"Of course, you don’t win or lose a Championship in one race. What I’m talking about is the decision that was taken."
F1 confirmed after that the issue was a "human error" by then race official Michael Masi who, ironically, was in attendance in Australia.
Hamilton surprised some people this year when he claimed he still believed he would break the record and become an eight time drivers' world champion.
The reason it's so surprising is his team's form since 2021, which led to the British driver failing to win a single race in 2022, the first year of his career that's happened.
Mercedes start to this season has also seen them have a huge pace disadvantage to rivals Red Bull, though they did manage a second place finish in Australia.
Even that caused controversy for the team however, with the former McLaren driver shocked to find his team weren't at the finish line to celebrate with him.