18-year-old Lando Norris is a British racing driver with full-focus on his ambition of breaking into Formula One. The talented young racer, has more than made his mark in his formative steps through the junior categories. Highly commended by peers and experts alike, he was honoured with the BRDC Superstar Award as well as place on the McLaren Young Driver Programme in 2017.
Lando Norris continues his meteoric rise in motorsport and is well on course to fulfilling his ambition of racing in Formula One. The ultra-talented British driver was “crowned” the youngest FIA Formula 3 European Champion in history when aged 17-years-old last October and is the official McLaren Formula 1 Test and Reserve driver in 2018. His 2017 title glory means Lando has won every karting and single-seater championship he has contested in full at his first attempt.
The BRDC SuperStar scored nine race wins, 19 podiums from 19 front row starts (including eight pole-positions) and recorded eight fastest race laps in Euro F3 in 2017 and bowed out of the F3 category with a podium at Macau. Lando, who made his Formula 2 début in Abu Dhabi last November, contests a full season in F2 this year.
In 2016, Lando further impressed a panel of esteemed judges, to be awarded the prestigious McLaren Autosport British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Award. Following a sensational 2016 season, in which he was crowned the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup champion at the start of October, a week after taking the Eurocup Formula 2.0 title and eight months after securing the Toyota Racing Series New Zealand Championship.
In addition, he finished eighth in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship despite only contesting half the season. His triumphant 2016 season, saw him collect 43 podium finishes, including 21 race wins, 26 pole-position starts and 13 fastest race laps.
Racing from the age of seven, Lando claimed pole-position at his first national event and to-date is still the youngest driver to ever get pole at a national meeting. After picking up the coveted ‘O’ Plate in the Super One Series in 2010. His impressive form continued as the teen became Formula Kart Stars champion in 2012, and runner-up in MSA Super One British championship.
With a glittering 2013 season, he took the karting world by storm, claiming the title in CIK-FIA KFJ European, CIK-FIA KFJ Super Cup, WSK Euro Series KFJ, CIK-FIA International Super Cup and World Karting Championship. He was also WSK Masters Series vice-champion and winner of two of the three rounds he completed in the RGMC Rotax championship.
Before graduating to cars, Lando made history as the youngest karting world championship winner, when he took the CIK-FIA KF World Championship title at the age of 14 – an accolade held, until then, by none other than Lewis Hamilton.
With an impressive array of silverware and prestigious titles already to his name, Lando Norris, who is highly commended by peers and experts alike, has already displayed the determination and talent to chase his dreams of racing in Formula 1.
“Lando’s a future F1 driver and I believe a future F1 World Champion.” - Derek Warwick, BRDC Chairman, Former F1 driver & 1992 World Sportscar champion.