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Formula 1 driver Lando Norris has given some New York City bankers a run for their money.
The McLaren ace paid a visit to Goldman Sachs’ lower Manhattan headquarters on Tuesday amid news of the bank and racing company’s new partnership, and put his skills on display in an F1 simulator.
A source told Page Six that Norris, 22, spoke about his career in motorsport, before doing a lap in the sim with just one hand on the wheel.
“Lando said if he didn’t become an F1 driver he would have wanted to be a golfer,” the source told us.
“He also said his biggest fear is leaving his passport at home before a race.”
The six-time podium finisher jetted to New York on Sunday evening almost immediately after the Canadian Grand Prix, where Soloman, a.k.a. DJ D-Sol, and Goldman Sachs’ Chief Marketing Officer Fiona Carter were spotted in the McLaren garage.
“Lando did two laps on the simulator in the office. He was actually two seconds faster when he did a lap with one hand on the wheel,” the source said.
We’re told employees can try their hand at beating Norris’ lap time on the sim, however it seems the next F1 champ likely won’t be coming from the Goldman office.
A second insider noted there was no mention of Norris’ teammate, fan-favorite Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo, throughout the chat.
“He said his favorite track is Japan and they had the most fun in Miami. They also talked about [Emma Gilmour] the female driver in one of McLaren’s electric car teams … Ricciardo was never mentioned,” we’re told.
Norris’ visit to the US came amid news the financial institution is partnering with the British racing team under a “multi-year” deal.
The companies will use their “combined expertise” to “accelerate progress” towards McLaren’s sustainability goals, which includes reaching net zero by 2040.
It marks the bank’s first foray into Formula 1, and remains one of Goldman’s only sports sponsorships. They also sponsor golf pro Patrick Cantlay.
Goldman will have branding on the McLaren car starting at the British Grand Prix on July 3.
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