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“That’s Dave From Wendy’s”: Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen Miserably Get Misidentified by American Comedian Who Came To Watch NASCAR

Tejas Venkatesh

"That's Dave From Wendy's": Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen Miserably Get Misidentified by American Comedian Who Came To Watch NASCAR

American comedian John Crist caught the attention of motorsports fans for misidentifying F1 world champions. Crist was shown some of F1’s most famous drivers including Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, and Michael Schumacher.

The US has become F1’s biggest fanbases thanks to the popularity of Netflix’s ‘Drive to Survive. Surprisingly, the comedian was unable to recognize Hamilton despite the Mercedes driver’s immense popularity in America. Seems like F1 still has a lot of ground to cover.

John Crist fails to recognize Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, and Michael Schumacher

Sports journalist Vincenzo Landino interviewed John Crist while he attended the NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama. Crist was shown images of F1 champions like Lewis Hamilton and co to which he gave some hilarious responses.

The comedian failed to recognize the 7x champion. However, when he was shown defending champion Max Verstappen’s image, he joked, “I was going to say ‘That’s Dave From Wendy’s’ but that’s not it.”

The comedian claimed Fernando Alonso was not a driver but a GQ model. Then when he was shown  Nigel Mansell’s image. To which he replied, “That looks like one of my uncles from a family reunion.” He then labels the 1992 champion as “Wish Dale Earnhardt.”

Lastly, Crist was shown the most famous F1 driver, Michael Schumacher’s picture. He claimed the 7x champion resembled Ivan Drage from the Rocky IV. Funny, how some of the most famous F1 drivers are unrecognizable to a majority of racing fans in the States.

Is F1 popular in the US?

In the last few years, F1 has exploded in popularity in the US. Drivers like Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, and others have become household names for Americans thanks to Netflix’s series.

However, the US is blessed with its indigenous forms of motorsports which have captivated the nation for generations. Until recently, NASCAR and IndyCar have enjoyed a much higher rate of popularity than F1.

There were times when F1 found it hard to sell tickets for American races. However, from 2023 onwards F1 has staged 3 Grand Prix in the US, all of which have been sold out months in advance. Another race is being proposed in New York.

The sport has also planned a different approach to encaptivate the American audience. After the success of F1’s ‘Drive To Survive,’ the sport has committed to an F1-based movie that will star Hollywood megastar, Brad Pitt.

It will take a lot more years for F1 to overtake NASCAR and IndyCar’s fanbase. However, the trend is shifting towards Formula 1.

About the author

Tejas Venkatesh

Tejas Venkatesh


Tejas Venkatesh is a Motorsports writer at The SportsRush. He started watching F1 in 2007 and fell in love with the sound of the revving V8s. A technical nerd, tejas loves to nerd over the technical beauty only motorsports can achieve. He calls himself a Vettel fanboy and spent the night crying after Hockenheim 2018. Apart from F1, Tejas is an avid Chelsea Fan and loves football.

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