LEGO’s latest social media teaser just reminds us of what’s missing from LEGO Formula 1 sets

The LEGO Group shows off named Formula 1 driver minifigures in the latest social teaser – so why not include them in LEGO sets?

The LEGO Group has shared a 90-second social media clip showcasing the two current McLaren drivers, Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris, in minifigure form, taking part in the surely-soon-to-be-trademarked Very Real Yes Definitely Real Quiz Show. The animated clip shows them answering questions about racing and McLaren history, with voices that sound a lot like the real drivers.

The minifigures bear a pretty impressive resemblance to the real drivers, with Oscar’s trusty baseball cap and Lando’s dark brown hair, paired with McLaren-brand torsos. We might have wanted Lando to have slightly shorter, curlier hair but we’ll certainly take what we can get when it comes to minifigures based on real Formula 1 drivers.

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After all, despite the LEGO Group going all in on an inter-theme collection of racing-themed LEGO sets, there has only been one named Formula 1 minifigure in recent years, Ayrton Senna in 10330 McLaren MP4/4 & Ayrton Senna. This is despite there being a very obvious spot for a named driver (although not from Formula 1) to appear in a LEGO Speed Champions set released earlier this year.

Before that, there were only six named drivers appearing as minifigures, with several years since the last one appeared in a LEGO set. While the LEGO Group seems capable of designing drivers in digital versions, there’s not a whisper of any named Formula 1 drivers driving onto the scene in racing-themed sets anytime soon – which is a real shame.

To really capture the spirit of Formula 1, the cars are only half of the equation. Many of the most iconic pairings have only become that way because of the driver at the wheel, something that the LEGO Group recognised with the release of 10330 McLaren MP4/4 & Ayrton Senna.

Looking at Mercedes and McLaren, two Formula 1 teams that the LEGO Group is already working with, both teams have a car that helped shape Lewis Hamilton’s career, with the McLaren MP4-23 earning him his first world championship victory in 2008 and the Mercedes W05 Hybrid marketing the start of the team’s almost decade-long dominance in the sport, with Hamilton at the helm.

There are plenty more iconic cars besides in the decades the sport has been running – and the LEGO system is crying out for the return of named Formula 1 drivers. If the LEGO Group can bring Piastri and Norris to life on screen, could their physical minifigures be soon behind? We hope so.

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Rachael Davies
Rachael Davies
I write about all the very best fandoms – and that means LEGO, of course. Spending so much time looking at and talking about LEGO sets is dangerous for my bank balance, but the LEGO shelves are thriving. You win some, you lose some.

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Rachael Davies

I write about all the very best fandoms – and that means LEGO, of course. Spending so much time looking at and talking about LEGO sets is dangerous for my bank balance, but the LEGO shelves are thriving. You win some, you lose some.

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