Lando Norris is a renowned British-Belgian auto racing driver. He was born on 13 November 1999 in Bristol, England. Norris’ father, Adam Norris, currently works as a retired pension manager, and his mother, Cisca, is known from a town in Flanders, Belgium. Lando shared his early life with an older brother Oliver, who had a history in karting, and two younger sisters. He is associated with both nationalities British and Belgian.
His early education took place at a local school called Millfield in Somerset. He later dropped out without attempting his GCSE exams. Later his family migrated to Glastonbury, where he pursued a career in racing and practiced racing.
Lando Norris – Racing Career
Lando Norris became fascinated with karting when his father took him and his brother to watch a local show of the Super 1 National Kart Championships. The first pole points of his career came at the young age of 7 in his first national championship. He won the CIK FIA European Championship and the International Super Cup as a participant in the KF-Junior karting series in 2013. Lando became the youngest world champion in karting when he won the CIK-FIA KF.
1) MSA Formula Championship
His car racing debut was in 2014 with the Ginetta Junior Championship. Throughout the championship, he won four races and got third position. This led him to earn a Rookie Cup. In 2015, Norris appeared for the MSA Formula Championship. Carlin Motorsport announced that Norris would compete in the new MSA Formula Championship for 2015. His performance was impressive as he won eight races, ten pole positions, and several podium finishes. As part of Mucke Motorsport, he also raced in the ADAC and Italian Formula 4 championships, where he finished on the podium in six of eight starts.
2) Formula Renault 2.0
Norris visited New Zealand in 2016 to take part in the Toyota Racing Series. He won the New Zealand Grand Prix after claiming six race wins. Later Norris returned to Europe to compete in the Formula Renault 2.0. He participated in the Eurocup and Northern European Cup and won both, securing eleven wins and ten monotonous pole positions.
Lando Norris won four more races while competing in the British Formula 3 BRDC Championship. In the Macau Grand Prix, he qualified for the ninth position but got dismissed because of a car crash. Despite starting 27th on the grid, he finished 11th in the main race.
3) FIA Formula 3 European Championship
In 2017, Norris competed as a full-time driver for Carlin in the Formula 3 European Championship. In thirty races, Norris competed in twenty and achieved nine victories and eight pole positions. He got another championship title with two remaining races, raising the count to five in four years. The following year he again participated in the Macau Grand Prix with much dedication. He qualified for second place, but dropped to seventh place in the subsequent round. As a result, he finished second in the Grand Prix. Later, at the end of the week, Norris made his debut for FIA Formula 2 at Yas Marina Circuit.
4) FIA Formula 2 Championship
Lando was quick to compete in the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship. He won the opening race at the Bahrain International Circuit. His continuous efforts helped him secure the lead points and poles, but his position dropped with fellow racer George Russell surpassing him in the last round. Later he retired from the remaining races, and his score further dropped to third place. However, he was quick to take his place as a qualifying second player at Yas Marina Circuit.
Lando Norris – Formula One Career
McLaren signed Norris as one of their junior players in 2017. He participated in the testing trial for McLaren and set a second fastest test lap record. Afterwards, he was approved for the 2018 season as a McLaren driver. In addition to this, he drove 26 laps in the Belgian Grand Prix.
McLaren (2019 – continue)
Once again, Lando Norris will drive for McLaren in the 2019 Formula One series with Carlos Sainz Jr. He qualified for eighth place but dropped to twelfth in the last round for his debut at the Australian Grand Prix. At the Bahrain Grand Prix, he earned his first-ever Formula One point. Lando retired early from the Chinese Grand Prix after colliding with a teammate. Subsequently, he faced two more retirements at the Spanish Grand Prix and the Canadian Grand Prix, following a crash with Lance Stroll and brake failure.
Lando Norris qualified for the seventh position at the French Grand Prix due to a hydraulic problem, he ended up ninth. As the best result, he qualified for the sixth position at the Austrian Grand Prix. At the Belgian Grand Prix, Norris qualified for the fifth position. He made three regular points at the Italian, Singapore, and Russian Grands Prix. Norris aimed for the fifth position at the Japanese Grand Prix but dropped to eleventh after a collision with another racing opponent. During the Mexican Grand Prix season, a tire problem held him back for precisely two minutes, later getting him dismissed. Overall, he had 3 consecutive points finishes to end the season.
Lando’s first Formula One season concluded with 49 points and eleventh position. Norris willingly signed a multi-year contract with McLaren and will appear until 2022.
The following year, Norris qualified for the fourth position at the Austrian Grand Prix series. As the race concluded, Norris set the fastest lap record with a 4.802 second finish behind Lewis Hamilton, securing his first podium finish in his career. He thus became the third youngest podium finisher in the history of Formula One. He qualified for the sixth position with a penalty on the tail in the Styrian Grand Prix series, where he played for the best series of his life.
His participation in the British and Tuscan Grand Prix got him six more points. Norris faced several technical difficulties during the last stages of the Russian, Eifel, and Portuguese Grand series. In the Portuguese Grand Prix, he finished thirteenth as a result of a collision.
Lando Norris had the worst year of his career at the Turkish Grand Prix. After starting from fourteenth position, he resurfaced at eighth and recorded his fastest lap. During the final round of the season, Norris finished fourth in Bahrain and fifth in Abu Dhabi. The season ended with Norris securing a ninth position and 97 points in the Drivers’ Championship.
Lando Norris has committed to McLaren and will race alongside Daniel Ricciardo in 2021. Norris competed in the Bahrain Grand Prix and placed fourth. Another podium finish at the Monaco Grand Prix resulted from fellow players’ complications, resulting in Norris’s victory. Despite a grid penalty for failing to enter the pits during qualifying, Norris started ninth at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and finished fifth.
Norris started third after Bottas received a grid penalty at the Styrian Grand Prix, his highest grid position ever. He claimed his third podium following a grid penalty and quickly compensated for it at the Austrian Grand Prix. Lando’s place in the Drivers’ Championship moved to third position, following his sixth-fastest time set at the British Grand Prix.
In Hungary’s Grand Prix, Norris collided with Bottas and retired two laps later. He was issued a penalty and license points. As the weather changed during qualifying at the Russian Grand Prix, Norris set his first-ever pole position in Formula One. Despite finishing just 4.5 points ahead of former teammate Sainz, he finished sixth in the standings.
McLaren signed a contract extension with Norris in February 2022 that he will be with the team through at least 2025.