Formula 1 star Lando Norris is understandably “shaken” after his £ 40,000 / $ 75,000 Richard Mille prototype was stolen in a robbery at Wembley Stadium during the chaotic aftermath of Italy’s Euro 2020 victory over England.
The 21-year-old McLaren driver was reportedly ambushed near his car by a group of men. According to The sun, eyewitnesses saw a suspect physically detain him while another tore the watch right out of his wrist. It’s a small miracle they weren’t in the mood for a bit of grand theft auto right after – considering the McLaren GT they stood right next to is valued at around $ 300,000.
“McLaren Racing can confirm that Lando Norris was involved in an incident after the European Championship 2020 final at Wembley, where the watch he was wearing was taken,” the F1 team issued via a statement.
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“Fortunately, Lando was unharmed, but he is understandably shaken. The team supports Lando and we are sure that racing fans will join us and wish him all the best for the British Grand Prix this weekend. ”
“As this is now a police matter, we can not comment further.”
The specific model of the Richard Mille watch stolen from Lando Norris has not yet been confirmed, nor is it exactly a priority in light of his personal safety. Some theories were that it was the 50mm RM 11-03 McLaren Automatic Flyback Chronograph with a carbon TPT case, orange quartz TPT and black skeleton dial that is regularly worn by the motorsport talent.
Limited to only 500 pieces and originally offered exclusively to McLaren owners, the only detail here that does not fully match the existing story is that it is a much harsher price that exceeds the US $ 300,000 (AU $ 400,000) benchmark in day. But in the event that it was actually RM 11-03, it certainly would not be difficult to miss a hooligans wrist or at the local farmhouse given the distinctive shade of mandarin.
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The Norris robbery was not the only incident that night either. 2,500 ticketless and warring fans stormed through the gates, avoiding security and taking seats that others had paid for. The obligatory skirmishes, bottle-breaking shit, etc. also took place.
“We want to do a full review and we will work with the police to catch everyone involved and make sure we can prevent it from ever happening again,” the Football Association’s Mark Bullingham told BBC Radio Four.
“Anyone who gets caught will obviously be banned and get the right action taken against them.”
“We run a stadium, not a fortress. We have an amazing security team at the stadium and they had never seen anything like it. ”