Lando Norris wore a very special Valentino Rossi-inspired helmet at the Italian Grand Prix last weekend. The Moto GP legend has admitted he is...
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
McLaren needs to "re-group and reset" after disappointing result in Monza
McLaren looked likely to cruise towards the 'best of the rest' title during Formula 1's summer break. But after two strong weekends from Renault,...
Watch: How Monza unfolded for McLaren
It was a mixed weekend for McLaren, Carlos Sainz failing to finish while Lando Norris ended up in 10th to finish just inside of the points. Take...
Lando Norris not worried about Renault's pace at Monza
Lando Norris says that he is not bothered by Renault's brilliant pace in Italy as the French team look to catch McLaren in the constructors' standings.
Andreas Seidl: "Next year is very important for us"
McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl knows the importance of 2020 for his team as they look to build on the improvement they made last season.
Watch: Lando Norris swears at engineer over radio during race
Lando Norris was not happy with his engineer for talking to him on the radio whilst he was trying to race. Hopefully, the engineer in question...
Lando Norris: "We could've finished better without the VSC"
Considering Lando Norris started near the back of the grid, he did a great job to work his way through the grid to finish 10th. The McLaren driver...
Andreas Seidl encourages McLaren to regroup after "tough" two races
McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl has urged his team to come again at the Singapore Grand Prix after a disappointing fortnight in Belgium...
Norris shifts focus to Sunday for FP3 ahead of Italian Grand Prix grid penalty
Ahead of Free Practice 3 on Saturday morning, McLaren rookie Lando Norris has stated he is already shifting his focus on Sunday's race rather...
Lando Norris after FP2 disappointment: "It was just a messy session"
Lando Norris has had a mixed day. He finished FP1 third on the timesheet but spent much of FP2 on the sidelines due to an oil leak which had...
Lando Norris set to use a Valentino Rossi inspired helmet for Italian Grand Prix
Lando Norris will use a Valentino Rossi-inspired helmet design for the Italian Grand Prix. The 9-time Motorcycle World Champion is one of...
Lando Norris looking to bounce back after Spa disaster
Lando Norris had a nightmare conclusion to the Belgian Grand Prix but the Brit has admitted there were a still positive to takes from the weekend,...
Lando Norris looking forward to the "most exciting circuit" in F1 2019
McLaren had huge disappointment at the F1 2019 Belgian Grand Prix last weekend with both drivers failing to finish the race. Lando Norris had...
Lando Norris admits safety is taken for granted by drivers as well
Following the tragic events over the weekend with the death of Anthoine Hubert after a huge crash, Lando Norris believes safety is "taken for...
Lando Norris: "Other people are in worse situations than I am"
Lando Norris was on course for a career best 5th position until disaster struck on the final lap and his engine failed. The McLaren driver has...
Watch: Lando Norris' live reaction to engine failure at the Belgian Grand Prix
Lando Norris drove an incredible race and looked set to finish in 5th place but disaster struck in the final lap. The young McLaren driver crossed...
Lando Norris wins Driver of the Day after late DNF!
McLaren's Lando Norris has been awarded the Driver of the Day despite failing to finish the race after an engine issue on the final lap prevented...
Zak Brown says McLaren still have "a long way to go"
McLaren boss Zak Brown is more than happy with his team's progress this season, but believes that there is still a lot to do to get McLaren back...
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