#4 LANDO NORRIS
Aside from F2 in 2018, Lando Norris has won every karting and single-seater championship he has competed in at his first attempt. It’s no wonder he joined the McLaren Young Driver Programme in 2017, and steps up to Formula 1 with the team in 2019.
|Full Name||Lando Norris|
|Date of Birth||13th November 1999|
|First Race||2019 Australian Grand Prix|
Lando Norris was born in Bristol, England. Norris became interested in motorsport at an early age. Initially, his interest was in motorcycles, until his dad, one of the top 600 richest people in Britain, took him to Clay Pigeon to watch a round of the British Super 1 Championship. After immediately wanting to try his hand at karting, Lando got his own kart and took pole position for the first national event which he entered, aged just seven. He remains the youngest driver to have taken pole at a national meeting.
Norris went on to compete in the Super 1 Championship in 2010 and won the Formula Kart Stars championship in 2012. At thirteen, Norris claimed a multitude of titles in one year, including the World Karting Championships, the WSK Euro Series and the CIK-FIA European title. In 2014, he competed in the CIK-FIA KF World Championship, where he became the youngest-ever karting world championship winner.
The Brit then moved from karts to single-seaters, finishing third in the Ginnetta Junior Championship. Signing with Carlin Motorsport in 2015, Norris took the all new MSA Formula series by storm, with a bucket-load of poles and wins. He made further guest appearances in the Formula 4 Championship and the Italian Formula 4 Championship, taking another handful of podium finishes.
More championships followed in 2016, as Norris took the Toyota Racing Series New Zealand Championship, the Eurocup Formula 2.0 title and the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup. He also competed in half of the British Formula 3 Championship with Carlin, in which he finished eighth overall. He was awarded the esteemed McLaren Autosport BRDC Award at the end of the year.
He made his European F3 debut at the final round of the 2016 season, and went on to compete in the series full time in 2017. With eight pole positions, nine wins and nineteen podium finishes from the thirty races, Norris won the title with Carlin, finishing 53 points ahead of his nearest rival.
After appearing at the season-ending F2 race in Abu Dhabi in 2017, Norris took a full-time seat in the series for 2018. He took pole position, set the fastest lap and won the first race of the season in Bahrain. That would be his only pole and victory of the year, but nine podium finishes throughout the year saw him remain in contention for the title until the closing stages, ultimately finishing as runner-up to George Russell. He also made an appearance at the 2018 Daytona 24 hour race, where he teamed up with Fernando Alonso and Philip Hanson in the United Autosports car to finish thirteenth in class.
Norris was signed to the McLaren Young Driver Programme in 2017, and got his first taste of Formula 1 in a mid-season test at the Hungaroring in August that year. He was later announced as the test and reserve driver for the team for the 2018 season. After making his first official F1 appearance in Free Practice for the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix, Norris was announced as a McLaren driver for the 2019 F1 season in August 2018. He’ll partner Spaniard Carlos Sainz in his debut season in the sport, where he will aim to be just as impressive as he has been in the junior formulae.