Shaquille O’Neal is a great guy. You don’t need a big Cadillac to figure this out, but seeing it in the back of a huge classic Caddy certainly puts things in perspective. The retired NBA star takes the entire back seat of this stretched out, roofless limo as he paraded through last weekend’s big Formula 1 race in Texas. As the keeper of the race trophy, you have to ride in style. Texan style, of course.
This explains why this crazy horned Cadillac took part in the F1 trophy ceremony, and it is certainly a car big enough to accommodate the 7’1 “basketball pro. Shaq was chosen to present the trophy to the end of the 2021 United States Grand Prix, which took place last weekend at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin. It was the return of F1 to the United States after the cancellation of the race of the last year due to COVID, and from what we understand, Shaq hasn’t gone unnoticed by fans – or pretty much anyone for that matter.
On stage for the presentation of the trophy, the sports legend was almost as tall as race winner Max Verstappen standing on the podium in first place. He stood above Lewis Hamilton on the podium for second place, not to mention Sergio Pérez who finished third.
Verstappen started the race on pole and held off Hamilton in the final laps to secure the victory. However, Shaq’s multitude of memes and tweets about his larger-than-life stage presence made him an unofficial winner of the event.
Shaq may be gifted in a lot of ways, but it’s safe to say it’s as close as he can ever get to an F1 podium to claim a race victory. The cockpit of a modern F1 may not even fit one of its legs, let alone the rest of it. Considering the smiles and handshakes during the ceremony, we suspect hanging out with the crowd is cool.