Profile: Lando Norris

Young Driver Programme

A stellar rise through the karting ranks followed by an outstanding first couple of seasons racing in junior single-seater championships have placed Lando Norris firmly on the motorsport map.

A gifted karter, he remains the youngest driver to ever set a pole position at a national meeting, won the Super One Series’ ‘O’ Plate in 2010, then in 2012 he became Formula Kart Stars champion and runner-up in the MSA Super One British Championship.

A year later, he won titles in the CIK-FIA KFJ European, CIK-FIA KFJ Super Cup, WSK Euro Series KFJ, CIK-FIA International Super Cup and World Karting Championship. In addition, he became WSK Masters Series vice-champion and made history by becoming the youngest karting world championship winner, taking the CIK-FIA KF World Championship title at the age of 14, an accolade previously held by triple world champion Lewis Hamilton.

His graduation to single-seaters has only underlined that initial promise. In 2016, he won a slew of single-seater championships – Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and the the Toyota Racing Series Championship in New Zealand.

He then crowned his season with perhaps the most prestigious award presented to any promising young racing driver – the coveted McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award, which was presented to him at the Autosport Awards, in December 2016.

For 2017, following a toe-in-the-water half-season in British F3, he contests the European Formula 3 Championship with Carlin Motorsport, dovetailing his racing activities with a fully fledged role as a test and simulator driver for the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team.

Lando can be found on Twitter: @LandoNorris