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Lando Norris

13th November 1999 (Age 21)
Glastonbury, Someset
Most recent race (in database):

Lando Norris was a prodigious karting talent who has climbed rapidly through the junior categories with success at every level. Still a teenager, he made an impressive Formula 1 graduation with McLaren in 2019.

Early racing career

Norris began racing karts when seven years old and that period of his career culminated in victory in the 2014 KF1 World Championship, a title decided by a one-off race at Essay. He also made his car racing debut that year when competing in Ginetta Juniors – winning four times and third in the standings for HHC Motorsport.

He began a long association with Carlin in 2015 when he switched to the new MSA Formula single-seater series. A double victory in the opening weekend at Brands Hatch set the tone and Norris scored another six wins as he beat Ricky Collard to that inaugural title. Occasional outings in Formula 4 delivered further victories in both Britain and Germany.

Toyota Racing Series and Formula Renault 2.0

Keen to race as much as possible, Norris travelled to New Zealand at the start of 2016 to win the Toyota Racing Series. His six victories for M2 Motorsport included the New Zealand Grand Prix at Manfeild and he returned to Europe to dominate Formula Renault 2.0. Norris guided Josef Kaufmann’s Tatuus 2000-Renault to 11 victories as he clinched both the Eurocup and NEC titles. He also won four times during a partial BRDC Formula 3 campaign with Carlin and ended the year by being named as the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner.

FIA Formula 3 Champion

Norris joined McLaren’s junior driver programme as part of his prize, working in the team’s simulator and enjoying an impressive F1 test at the Hungaroring. He raced for Carlin in the 2017 European F3 Championship and confirmed his standing as one of the sport’s leading talents for the future with a championship-winning campaign that belied his rookie status. He recovered from initial poor starts to win nine times and secure the title with two races of the final weekend to spare before finishing second at Macau.

Formula 2 runner-up

McLaren rewarded the 18-year-old’s unrelenting success and evident promise by promoting him to reserve driver for the 2018 F1 World Championship alongside his Formula 2 graduation with Carlin. He won the season opening F2 race in Bahrain from pole position and consistently scored points to establish a championship lead by Monaco. But George Russell grew stronger as the year unfolded while Norris did not win again. That said, he did enough to beat Alexander Albon into second in the standings and earn an F1 drive with McLaren for 2019.

Formula 1 with McLaren

Norris and Carlos Sainz proved well-matched team-mates as they helped revitalise McLaren that season. Norris proved his outright speed by narrowly shading the Spaniard in qualifying (10-9) and showed maturity from the start of the season. He finished sixth in Bahrain to score the first points of his fledgling F1 career but further strong results in Canada and Belgium were lost to reliability issues. Fifth on the grid in France and Austria, he drove another strong race on the Red Bull Ring to finish sixth once more. He scored points at over half the qualifying races and finished 11th in the final points.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2020 F1 World Championship
McLaren F1 Team
17 0 1 0
0% win rate
9th 97
2019 F1 World Championship
McLaren F1 Team
21 0 0 0
0% win rate
11th 49
2018 F1 World Championship
McLaren F1 Team
0 (7) 0 0 0 0
2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship
24 1 9 1
5% win rate
2nd 219
2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship
Campos Racing
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
25th 0
2017 European F3 Championship
30 8 20 9
30% win rate
1st 441
2016 European F3 Championship
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
2016 BRDC British F3 Championship
11 (1) 4 8 4 8th 247
2016 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 1st -
2016 New Zealand Toyota Racing Series 1st -