McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz have opened up on the impact of the team's failure at the Indy 500. The team seems to be affected...
Lando Norris is a Formula 1 driver for the McLaren F1 team. Norris is making his F1 debut in 2019 having previously come second in F2 in 2018. The Brit was born in Bristol and is the son of Adam Norris one of Britain’s richest people. He studied at Millfield school before moving to Glastonbury in the UK to help him pursue his motorsport dreams.
He signed for McLaren in 2018 and it was confirmed he’d partner Carlos Sainz Jr in 2019, later that year. Having had plenty of success at Carlin in the lower divisions, Norris is expected to be one of the hottest prospects for years to come.
Karting and early career
Lando Norris had been an avid motorsport fan from a young age and originally had aims of heading towards motorcycles. However, a trip to his local track to watch the Super 1 National Kart Championships turned his head and he went on to start racing at the age of seven.
His talent was clear from the start as he claimed pole on his first ever national event and then winning the 2013 World Karting Championships in Bahrain. He also won the WSK Euro Series and the CIK-FIA European title in the same year. 12 months later he secured the CIK-FIA KF World Championship, making him the youngest ever karting world champion.
Norris went onto compete in the Ginetta Junior Championship, a support series for the BTCC. He finished third overall but took the Rookie Cup in his first year out of karts. The big change came when he secured a contract with Carlin Motorsport in 2015 and he won the MSA Formula series including eight race victories and 14 podiums. More victories followed and he won the Toyota Racing Series at the first attempt as well as the 2017 European Formula 3.
Lando Norris started the 2018 Formula 2 season in spectacular fashion claiming victory from pole on his debut and he maintained a steady level throughout the early stages finishing third in Spain and Monaco. The Bristolian didn’t claim another victory after winning the opening race but his consistency throughout the season kept him in contention in a close fought battle between himself, George Russell and Alexander Albon. Eventually it was Russell who came out on top but Norris finished second with 219 points. Was his impressive form enough for the big time?
Signing with McLaren
In February 2017 Norris signed with McLaren as one of their junior drivers and he was quickly thrusted into the action when he participated in mid season testing. Following a successful test at the Hungaroring, where he set the second fastest lap, he became the official McLaren test driver for the 2018 season. He went on to outperform Stoffel Vandoorne in FP1 at the Belgian Grand Prix. Following a tough season for McLaren, Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne, their two drivers for the 2018 season, left the set up. Carlos Sainz Jr was signed to replace the departing Alonso and following an impressive Formula 2 season, where he came second, Norris stepped up to complete their lineup for 2019.
Lando Norris News
Norris: Happy with Thursday, but lots of work to do
McLaren driver Lando Norris has admitted he is "happy" with Thursday's practice sessions in Monaco, but also acknowledged there is still...
Lando Norris admits that he "fears death" when driving in F1
Lando Norris has admitted that he "fears death" every time he drives a Formula 1 car. The McLaren driver is different from other F1 drivers who...
Norris hoping for clean Monaco Grand Prix weekend
Lando Norris says he is aiming to put together a clean weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix. The McLaren driver will experience his first Monaco...
Lando Norris looks to use 2018 F2 Monaco podium as blueprint for 2019
McLaren's Lando Norris is aiming to use the experience he picked up last year in Formula 2 to produce another good result in 2019. The rookie...
McLaren boss Brown praises "humble and confident" rookie Lando Norris
McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown has praised his driver Lando Norris for the way he's performed so far in his young Formula 1 career, as the rookie...
Norris praises McLaren for "going out of their way" to help him develop
McLaren rookie Lando Norris has praised his team for the amount of effort they have put in to help him during his rookie season, as the teenager...
Stroll claims he was "sent into the gravel" after contact with Lando Norris
Lando Norris and Lance Stroll collided to bring out the safety car during the Spanish Grand Prix. Stroll claims he was sent into the gravel,...
Norris says Stroll "didn't leave me enough space"
Lando Norris’ first Spanish Grand Prix didn’t quite finish the way he would’ve wanted it to, a collision with Lance Stroll ending both their races.
Liveblog: The Spanish Grand Prix
It's here! Finally, the build-up is over and we don't have much longer to wait until the start of the Spanish Grand Prix. After Mercedes have...
McLaren pair pleased with package upgrades
Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris have praised McLaren’s opening day of practice at the Spanish Grand Prix despite appearing to be still lacking...
Seidl: McLaren looking to build even more at Spanish GP
New McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl has insisted his side are looking to "build on the performances" that have shot them up to fourth-place...
Norris: Barcelona pace will show us where we really are
Lando Norris believes that McLaren's performance at the Spanish Grand Prix will be proof of whether or not the team has made real progress in 2019.
Norris reveals his confidence boost since F1 debut
Lando Norris has described how his confidence has increased since his F1 debut in Australia a couple of months ago.
McLaren explains Norris Baku strategy
McLaren has defended the decision to pit Lando Norris late-on during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with racing director Gil de Ferran calling the...
Lando Norris chuffed with McLaren bounce-back after China disappointment
McLaren rookie Lando Norris has expressed how happy he is with the way his team bounced back in Baku after the disappointment in China two weeks...
Perez was on "full limit" to keep McLarens at bay
Sergio Perez insisted he was on the "full limit" to try and keep the two "much faster" McLaren cars behind him at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday.
Norris was "nervous" about dropping outside top 10 with "big hit"
Lando Norris admitted he was "nervous" about potentially losing his place inside the top 10 after colliding with the wall in the latter stages...
Sainz happy with McLaren: "We shown what we're capable of"
Carlos Sainz Jr. was reliefed to score points for the first time with McLaren and is delighted the team were able to demonstrate its potential...
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