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Lando Norris

Lando Norris

British racing driver
Lando Norris
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro British racing driver
Is Racecar driver Formula One driver
From United Kingdom
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 13 November 1999, Bristol, Avon, South West England, United Kingdom
Age: 20 years
Star sign ScorpioScorpio
Sports Teams
McLaren
The details

Biography

Lando Norris (born 13 November 1999) is a racing driver with British-Belgian dual nationality. Currently competing in Formula One, for McLaren, he races under the British flag. He won the MSA Formula championship in 2015, and the Toyota Racing Series, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup in 2016. He also received the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award that year. He subsequently won the 2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. He was a member of the McLaren Young Driver Programme.

Personal life

Born in Bristol, his father Adam Norris is a retired pensions manager, one of Bristol's richest people and 501st richest in the country.

Norris was privately educated at Millfield School in Street, Somerset, leaving school before taking his GCSEs. During that time he studied physics and mathematics with a full-time personal tutor. His family later also moved to Glastonbury to allow him to become a day boarder, and hence pursue his racing career.

His mother is from Belgium, and he is known to speak small amounts of Flemish Dutch, stating that English is his main language. Norris holds both British and Belgian citizenship.

Norris has a passion for sim racing. He plays iRacing at a high level. He often streams this on Twitch.tv where he has amassed over 400,000 followers and over 4000 subscribers.

Racing career

Early career

After initially developing an interest in motorcycle racing, Norris's attention switched from two wheels to four after his father took him and his brother to watch a round of the Super 1 National Kart Championships at his local kart track. He started his racing career at the age of seven when he claimed pole position at his first national event. In 2013, Norris won in the World Karting Championships held in Bahrain, the WSK Euro Series and the CIK-FIA European and CIK-FIA Supercup titles. The following year he won the CIK-FIA KF World Championship, with Ricky Flynn Motorsport, thereby making him the youngest karting world championship winner.

In 2014, Norris made his debut in the Ginetta Junior Championship, a support series to the BTCC where he finished third overall, winning the Rookie Cup in his first year out of karts. For 2015, Norris signed with Carlin Motorsport to drive in the newly established MSA Formula series. Norris would win the series with eight wins, ten pole positions and 14 podiums. He also made occasional appearances in the ADAC Formula 4 Championship and the Italian Formula 4 Championship with Mücke Motorsport where he enjoyed even more successes, picking up six podiums from eight starts in the former and a single podium in the latter.

For 2016, it was announced that Norris would be driving for M2 Competition in the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand. Norris achieved six wins throughout the season, including the New Zealand Grand Prix and won the championship on his first attempt. Norris took part in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and Formula Renault 2.0 NEC series driving for Josef Kaufmann Racing in which he finished first in both series. As well as embarking on a campaign in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship with Carlin, where he finished 8th on a part-time schedule. He also took part in the final round of the European Formula 3 Championship and the Macau Grand Prix with Carlin, finishing eleventh in the latter.

Norris raced full-time with Carlin in the 2017 European Formula 3 Championship. He clinched the title in the first of three races at the Hockenheimring finale, and finishing 53 points ahead of runner-up Joel Eriksson.

He also raced for Carlin in the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship and came close to winning the title but ended up finishing runner-up to fellow Brit George Russell.

Formula One

In early 2017, Norris was signed as a junior driver with McLaren. Later that year, Norris tested for McLaren in a scheduled mid-season test. He set the second fastest lap in the second day of testing at the Hungaroring. In late 2017, Norris became the official McLaren test and reserve driver for the 2018 season. Norris participated in his first official practice session at the Belgian Grand Prix. He ran 26 laps in the session, and finished the session in 18th position out of 20 cars, also outperforming the best lap time of the other McLaren car, driven by full-time McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne. In the first race back of 2020, he finished third After Lewis Hamilton got a 5 second time penalty.

McLaren (2019–present)

2019

Norris was contracted to drive for McLaren for the 2019 Formula One World Championship, partnering Carlos Sainz Jr.

Norris at the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix

Norris qualified 8th on his debut race in Australia, finishing the race in 12th place. At the next race in Bahrain he produced a strong drive to finish 6th, scoring his first Formula One points. The Chinese Grand Prix was the first of Norris' retirements that season, after damage from a first lap collision caused him to retire later in the race. His next retirement came two races later in Spain after a collision with Lance Stroll. After an 8th-place finish at the next race in Azerbaijan, Norris suffered another retirement in Canada after his car suffered a suspension failure causing a brake fire.

Norris was on course to finish 7th in France before hydraulic problems late in the race caused him to fall to 10th, eventually being classified 9th after a penalty for Daniel Ricciardo. This was followed by a 6th-place finish in Austria. In Germany, Norris was forced to start from the back of the grid due to an engine penalty. He would later retire from the race after a power failure. Norris produced another points finish in Hungary, starting 7th and finishing 9th. At the Belgian Grand Prix, he made his way from 11th up to 5th in the early stages of the race. He looked on course for the best finish of his career thus far, maintaining his 5th place until he suffered a power failure on his final lap, eventually being classified outside the points in 11th.

Three consecutive points finishes followed. In Japan, Norris was running in 5th place at the beginning of the race before Alexander Albon collided with him during an overtake attempt. Norris' pace suffered for the rest of the race due to the resulting floor damage and he eventually finished in 11th place. At the next race in Mexico, Norris' bad luck continued. Whilst making his pit stop from 7th place, a wheel was fitted incorrectly and after almost exiting the pits, he stopped and was pushed back into his pit box by his mechanics for them to fit the wheel correctly. He spent almost two minutes in the pits and eventually withdrew later in the race after being far behind the other drivers. Norris ended the season with another three strong drives resulting in consecutive points finishes.

Norris finished his debut season in Formula One in 11th place in the championship with 49 points. This was considerably behind teammate Sainz, but Norris out-qualified Sainz 11-10 over the course of the season. During his debut year, Norris signed a multi-year contract to stay with McLaren for the 2020 season until 2022.

2020

Prior to the delayed 2020 season, it was announced that Norris will be joined at McLaren by Daniel Ricciardo for 2021, with 2019-20 teammate Sainz due to leave for Ferrari. At the opening race in Austria Norris qualified in 4th place but was elevated to 3rd after a grid penalty for Lewis Hamilton, the highest grid position of his career and the highest for McLaren since the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix. During the race, Norris again benefited from a penalty issued to Hamilton, crossing the line in 4th place but being promoted to 3rd. This marked Norris' first podium in Formula One, as well as his first fastest lap.

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/laps Podiums Points Position
2014 Ginetta Junior Championship HHC Motorsport 20 4 8 2 11 432 3rd
2015 MSA Formula Championship Carlin 30 8 10 9 15 413 1st
ADAC Formula 4 Championship Mücke Motorsport 8 1 0 3 6 131 8th
Italian Formula 4 Championship 9 0 0 3 1 51 11th
BRDC Formula 4 Autumn Trophy HHC Motorsport 4 2 1 1 4 128 5th
2016 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Josef Kaufmann Racing 15 5 6 4 12 253 1st
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 15 6 10 4 11 316 1st
Toyota Racing Series M2 Competition 15 6 8 5 11 924 1st
BRDC British Formula 3 Championship Carlin 11 4 4 3 8 247 8th
FIA Formula 3 European Championship 3 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 11th
2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Carlin 30 9 8 8 20 441 1st
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
FIA Formula 2 Championship Campos Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0 25th
Formula One McLaren Honda Test driver
2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship Carlin 24 1 1 1 9 219 2nd
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship United Autosports 1 0 0 0 0 18 58th
Formula One McLaren F1 Team Test driver
2019 Formula One McLaren F1 Team 21 0 0 0 0 49 11th
2020 Formula One McLaren F1 Team 1 0 0 1 1 16* 3rd*

† As Norris was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.
* Season still in progress.

Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Points
2016 Carlin Volkswagen LEC1 LEC2 LEC3 HUN1 HUN2 HUN3 PAU1 PAU2 PAU3 RBR1 RBR2 RBR3 NOR1 NOR2 NOR3 ZAN1 ZAN2 ZAN3 SPA1 SPA2 SPA3 NÜR1 NÜR2 NÜR3 IMO1 IMO2 IMO3 HOC1
Ret
HOC2
16
HOC3
16
NC‡ 0‡
2017 Carlin Volkswagen SIL1
1
SIL2
9
SIL3
3
MNZ1
1
MNZ2
2
MNZ3
2
PAU1
2
PAU2
2
PAU3
Ret
HUN1
8
HUN2
14
HUN3
3
NOR1
11
NOR2
1
NOR3
3
SPA1
1
SPA2
Ret
SPA3
1
ZAN1
1
ZAN2
3
ZAN3
1
NÜR1
1
NÜR2
2
NÜR3
1
RBR1
4
RBR2
2
RBR3
17†
HOC1
2
HOC2
11
HOC3
4
1st 441

† Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.
‡ As Norris was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.

Complete FIA Formula 2 Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Pos Points
2017 Campos Racing BHRFEA BHRSPR CATFEA CATSPR MONFEA MONSPR BAKFEA BAKSPR RBRFEA RBRSPR SILFEA SILSPR HUNFEA HUNSPR SPAFEA SPASPR MNZFEA MNZSPR JERFEA JERSPR YMCFEA
Ret
YMCSPR
13
25th 0
2018 Carlin BHRFEA
1
BHRSPR
4
BAKFEA
6
BAKSPR
4
CATFEA
3
CATSPR
3
MONFEA
6
MONSPR
3
LECFEA
16
LECSPR
5
RBRFEA
2
RBRSPR
11
SILFEA
10
SILSPR
3
HUNFEA
2
HUNSPR
4
SPAFEA
4
SPASPR
2
MNZFEA
6
MNZSPR
5
SOCFEA
Ret
SOCSPR
Ret
YMCFEA
5
YMCSPR
2
2nd 219

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 WDC Points
2018 McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL33 Renault R.E.18 1.6 V6 t AUS BHR CHN AZE ESP MON CAN FRA AUT GBR GER HUN BEL
TD
ITA
TD
SIN RUS
TD
JPN
TD
USA
TD
MEX
TD
BRA
TD
ABU
2019 McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL34 Renault E-Tech 19 1.6 V6 t AUS
12
BHR
6
CHN
18
AZE
8
ESP
Ret
MON
11
CAN
Ret
FRA
9
AUT
6
GBR
11
GER
Ret
HUN
9
BEL
11
ITA
10
SIN
7
RUS
8
JPN
11
MEX
Ret
USA
7
BRA
8
ABU
8
11th 49
2020 McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35 Renault E-Tech 20 1.6 V6 t AUT
3
STY HUN GBR ANI ESP BEL ITA 3rd* 16*

Did not finish, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.
* Season still in progress.

24 Hours of Daytona results

Year Team Co-drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
pos.
2018 United Autosports Philip Hanson
Fernando Alonso
Ligier JS P217-Gibson P 718 38th 13th
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