Lando Norris

Drivers Championship
POS Current Season Points
4 Season 2021 66
Results 2021

Lando Norris Profile

Lando Norris is a British racing driver born in Bristol on 13 November 1999.

As a member of the McLaren junior programme, Norris made his F1 debut in 2019 when he earned a promotion from F2 to partner Carlos Sainz in the team's all-new driver line-up.

Norris would enjoy a fine debut campaign, scoring 49 points to finish P11 in the Drivers' Championship, and with a little more luck his total could have been far higher.

Sainz and Norris struck up a fantastic relationship in their two seasons together, 2019 and 2020, and despite some talk that they were a little too jovial, the pair insisted that McLaren's consecutive P4 and P3 finishes in the Constructors' World Championship would not have been possible without it.

Norris has said he wants to tap into a more serious side of his personality - a side, let's be honest, few of us want him to find. He's one of the more colourful personalities on the grid, and well known for his distinctive sense of fashion too.

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 moved to Glastonbury to allow him to become a day boarder, giving him an opportunity to pursue his racing career.

Norris' mother is from Belgium and so he holds both British and Belgian citizenship.

Lando Norris Career

Norris served as McLaren's test and reserve driver for 2018, juggling that with his F2 commitments.

But on 3 September 2018, it was announced that Norris would form part of McLaren's new driver line-up for the 2019 season, partnering Spaniard Carlos Sainz who would make the move from Renault.

Norris qualified P8 in his debut race but was unable to score points, crossing the line P12. It only took until the next round though for Norris to show the true pace he possessed, finishing P6 in Bahrain.

While team-mate Sainz had suffered the majority of the bad luck early in the season, soon that burden relocated to Norris' side of the garage.

First-lap contact caused damage that would later force him to retire from the Chinese Grand Prix, while two races later a collision with Lance Stroll ended his race in Spain.

Norris would respond with P8 in Azerbaijan, but his luck was out again at the next race in Canada where a suspension failure cost him what could have been a solid points haul.

He was then on course for P7 in France before hydraulic problems bumped him down to P10, later P9 thanks to Daniel Ricciardo's penalty, before he equalled his career-best finish with P6 in Austria.

The German GP presented a fantastic opportunity to drivers like Norris in the midfield to score a shock result.

With the weather making it an absolute lottery, Norris didn't have it any easier after starting from the back of the grid due to an engine penalty.

Engine problems would later force him to retire from the race, and it was understandable why he thought it was a big chance lost.

After all, Daniil Kvyat put his Toro Rosso on the podium.

But if that was harsh then Belgium was brutal. Norris had driven a marvellous race and was deservedly on his way to a P5 finish, a result that would have been a new career-high.

That was until a power failure on the last lap, and just to make things even worse he was ultimately classified P11, the first of the non-points positions.

Italy, Singapore and Russia all yielded points for Norris and come Japan he was once again in that P5 spot.

It soon abandoned him once more though after Alex Albon steamed into his MCL34, leaving Norris with floor damage as he recovered to P11 only.

The Briton was running in P7 in Mexico before a botched pit stop wrecked his race, but Norris was able to escape the bad luck to record three more points finishes in USA, Brazil and Abu Dhabi to end the season.

Norris would finish the season with 49 points, putting him P11 in the Drivers' Championship, while his future with the team was also secure after signing a new deal in July for 2020 and beyond.

Norris also won the qualifying battle 11-10 against Sainz for the 2019 campaign.

The closeness in all aspects between Norris and Sainz continued during the 2020 campaign, which was an even stronger one for McLaren.

Norris had worked hard on improving his race craft during the winter and it paid off in spades, for his seasonal points tally improved from 49 to 97 even though only 17 races were possible due to the global health pandemic, compared to the previous year’s 21.

There was a highlight right from the get-go as Norris captured his first podium finish at the opening Austrian Grand Prix, coining the nickname ‘Last Lap Lando’ with a brilliant final circuit of the Red Bull Ring that put him sufficiently close to the penalised Lewis Hamilton to snatch P3 from the World Champion on the timesheets.

The nickname was also doing the rounds at the same venue the following Sunday when Norris passed three rivals on the final lap to move up from eighth to fifth.

Only once did Norris fail to finish a race in 2020, when his engine packed up in the Eifel Grand Prix, and that came in the midst of his worst run, also ending up out of the points in Russia and Portugal as a consequence of racing incidents that were not his fault.

Otherwise, apart from race three in Hungary, it was points all the way, 13 times in 17 attempts, with his other strongest grands prix resulting in P4 finishes in Italy and Bahrain and P5 on three occasions in total.

The last of those, in Abu Dhabi, combined with P6 for his team-mate Sainz, sparked jubilant scenes on the McLaren pit-wall as it enabled the team to finish ahead of Racing Point and snatch third position in the constructors’ World Championship.

While Norris contributed 97 points to the cause, Sainz was just ahead on 105 but it was the Briton who just shaded it 9-8 in qualifying before the Spaniard departed to join Ferrari.

 

Lando Norris Before F1

Lando Norris began his racing career at the age of seven and wasted no time in racking up the trophies. He won the World Karting Championships, the WSK Euro Series, the CIK-FIA European and CIK-FIA Supercup titles, all in 2013. The CIK-FIA KF World Championship soon followed.

2014 saw Norris change tact to the Ginetta Junior Championship, where he finished third overall. But then he added another title to his collection in 2015, winning the MSA Formula Championship with Carlin Racing.

2016 was another glittering year for the British driver as he won the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 series, Formula Renault 2.0 NEC series and the Toyota Racing series. He also continued his association with Carlin, this time in Formula 3.

A first full Formula 3 campaign in 2017 with Carlin resulted in yet another champions' trophy, capping off a fine year as he was also officially unveiled as a McLaren development driver.

Norris finished runner-up in a very strong Formula 2 field in 2018, impressing his employers more than enough to give him a Formula 1 seat at McLaren ahead of the 2019 campaign.

Lando Norris Net Worth

With Lando Norris still a relative newcomer to Formula 1, his annual pay is likely to have started from a relatively low base but will be on the rise.

Norris has an estimated annual salary of $2m a year and also has personal sponsorships with digital, social and content agency wearegrip, strength and conditioning organisation PAP, ADD management and Bell helmets.

Lando Norris Family

When it comes to Lando Norris' family, it is his father, Adam, who draws the most press attention.

Adam Norris has an estimated personal fortune of £200m, which has ranked him as the 501st richest person in the UK according to multiple tabloids.

Lando's father made his fortune building up one of the most successful pensions advice organisations in the business and was able to retire at the age of 36.

He now focuses on his Horatio Investments company, which invests millions into start-up companies.

Lando's mother, Cisca, was born in Belgium, which means Lando has dual British/Belgium citizenship and he can reportedly speak some Flemish Dutch.

He has an older brother, Oliver, and two younger sisters.

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