Lando Norris, McLaren

Lando Norris was born on 13 November 1999 in Bristol UK and is a Belgian-British racing driver competing in Formula One. His British father, Adam Norris is one of the richest persons in the UK. His mother, Cisca (nee Wauman) is a Belgian. Norris holds both British and Belgian citizenships and is currently racing with McLaren under the British flag. Norris resides in Woking, close to the McLaren headquarters.

Norris won the MSA Formula championship in 2015. In 2016, he won the Toyota Racing Series, the Eurocup Formula 2.0 and the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup receiving the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award. He was a member of the McLaren Young Driver Programme and won the 2017 FIA Formula 3European Championship.

Lando Norris’ Career Before Formula 1

Lando Norris showed interested in motorcycle racing at an early age but later turned to four-wheel racing. He started karting at the age of seven and claimed pole position in the first National event he participated in. He won the 2013 World Karting Championship in Bahrain, the WSK Euro Series, the CIK-FIA European and the CIK-FIA Supercup championships. He won the CIK-FIA KF World Championship becoming the youngest world championship winner in karting.

In 2014, Norris contested in the Ginetta Junior Championship, making his first foray into motorcar racing. He finished third in the championship and won the Rookie Cup. With Carlin Motorsport, Norris participated in the MSA Formula Series winning the series with 8 wins, 14 podium places and 10 pole positions. In his infrequent appearances in ADAC Formula 4 Championship, Norris earned six podium positions from eight starts.

In 2016 Norris chose to compete for M2 Competition in the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand. Norris won the championship after winning six races including the New Zealand Grand Prix. Driving for Josef Kaufmann Racing, he contested in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC series, finishing first in both the series.

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Norris drove for Carlin Motorsport in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship finishing eighth on a part-time schedule. He also raced in the final round of the Europen Formula 3 Championship with Carlin. In the Macau Grand Prix, Norris finished 11th.

Norris raced for Carlin Motorsport in the 2017 European Formula 3 Championship winning the championship in the first three races at the Hockenheimring finale. He left the runner-up Joel Ericsson trailing by 57 points. Norris raced for Carlin in the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2018 and finished second behind compatriot George Russell.

Lando Norris’ Career In Formula 1

McLaren (2019 – present)

Lando Norris signed a contract to race with the McLaren F1 Team for the 2019 Formula One season. He qualified and finished 12th in the season-opening race in Australia. Norris scored his first Formula One World Championship points in the next race in Bahrain. He displayed good driving acumen to finish 6th in the race.

In the Chinese Grand Prix Norris suffered damage to his car from a collision. He was to later retire from the race because of the damage. Two races later. Norris was forced to retire in Spain after a collision with Lance Stroll. He finished 8th in Azerbaijan only to retire in Canada after a suspension failure caused a brake fire.

Hydraulic Problems forced Norris to drop from a possible 7th place finish to 10th in the French Grand Prix. A penalty to Daniel Ricciardo later classified Norris as the ninth finisher in the race. In the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, he finished 6th while in Germany he was forced to start from the last place because of an engine penalty, He was to later retire due to power failure.

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Norris finished 9th in Hungary after starting 7th on the grid, adding to his points tally. In Belgium, he was lined up for the best finish of his Formula One career having worked up his way from the 11th starting position to the 5th. Norris suffer a power failure in the last lap and was eventually placed 11th on the race finishers roll.

He finished 10th, 7th and 8th consecutively in Italy, Singapore and Japan respectively, scoring valuable points in the championship. In Japan, he was running in the fifth palace in the beginning of the race before Alexander Albon collided with him. The resultant damage to the car floor led to Norris’ car slowing down, he eventually finished 11th in the race.

Norris was placed seventh in Mexico when he made a pit stop. Norris stopped at the end of the pit exit after he realised that a wheel was wrongly fitted. His car had to be pushed back to the pits and the wheel fitted correctly. Norris had spent almost two minutes in the pits and he later withdrew from the race when he realised that he was far behind the other drivers.

In the USA, Brazil and Abu Dhabi, the last three rounds of the season, Norris finished 7th, 8th and 8th respectively. He finished the 2019 Formula One season with 11 points finishes and no podium positions. With 49 points, Norris was classified 11th in the World Drivers’ Championship in his debut season.

Norris had already signed a deal to continue racing for McLaren for 2020 through till the 2022 season. Little did anyone foresee the 2020 season being postponed and rescheduled because of the COVIP-19 pandemic.

At the season-opener, the Austrian Grand Prix, Norris was promoted from 4th to 3rd on the grid after Lewis Hamilton attracted a grid penalty. Lewis Hamilton was awarded a five-second penalty in the race for a collision with Alexander Albon. If Norris finished the race within five seconds of Lewis Hamilton, a podium position was his for the taking.

He finished fourth in the race but had set the fastest lap finishing 4.802 seconds behind Hamilton. Norris was promoted to 3rd place and won the first podium position of his career in the final lap of the race. That made Norris the third-youngest driver to take podium position in the history of Formula One.

Norris qualified sixth in the Styrian Grand Prix but was penalised three grid places for an incident in free practice. He passed Daniel Ricciardo, Lance Stroll and Sergio Pérez in the final two laps of the race to finish fifth in the race. He was third place in the drivers’ championship standings.

After finishing fourth in the Italian Grand Prix, Norris finished 6th in the Tuscan Grand Prix. He failed to gather any points in the Russian and the Eifel Grands Prix finishing 15th in Russia and retiring at the Eifel Grand Prix. In Portugal, a forced pit stop due to a collision with Lance Stroll and subsequent tyre puncture caused Norris to finish 13th.

After the incident with Lance Stroll, Norris’s that Stroll “doesn’t seem to learn” and his downplaying of Lewis Hamilton’s achievements drew widespread criticism. Norris later tendered an apology to Stroll and personally apologised to Hamilton. In the next three races, Norris finished without scoring any points.

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He finished eighth in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, a track where there are few chances for overtaking. On a wet track in the Turkish Grand Prix Norris had to start from the fourteenth place on the grid after a five-place penalty. He recovered to record the fastest lap of the race and finished in the eighth position.

In the tussle for the third place in the World Championship, Norris finished a creditable fourth in the Bahrain Grand Prix, scoring valuable points. After a disappointing qualifying round in the Sakhir Grand Prix, the McLaren team decided to fit Norris’ car with a new engine. The ensuing penalty caused Norris to start from the back of the grid.

In Abu Dhabi, Norris qualified fourth and finished the race in the fifth position. His teammate, Carlos Sainz Jr. finished 6th helping McLaren finish the season third in the World Constructors’ Championship. Lando Norris finished the World Drivers’ Championship in 9th place while Sainz finished in 6th place.

In 2021 Norris will remain with McLaren while Daniel Ricciardo will replace Carlos Sainz Jr.

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