Well I wouldn’t use same analogy,as f1 driving is not automate function, you have person steering the wheel, applications in today and age have all the automation in world, to the point where human interactions is beyond minimal.
API traffic, authentication load, all of this have possibilities to set additional resources in case loads increase.
If you check black friday online sales, those prepared drive smoothly , their web app has no issues.
This volumes were expected as soon as volatility from Corona/US Election started. It is not like it happened on first day of volume spike but on Monday of 2nd week.
Anyway I get your point.