Lando Norris: The British driver often officially becomes a member of the McLaren young drivers program, although he had already been supported by the manufacturer.
McLaren’s Young Drivers
McLaren’s young drivers program has a new member, the British Lando Norris , an out-of-kart in the Karting called to do great things in motorsports. Born in 1999, Lando Norris had a sporting career in his early days very similar to that of Max Verstappen , as both used to top the first podium podium of the international events of Karting, although it is true that Lando used to be in a category more little.
In 2014 both young drivers decided to start in circuits, beyond Karting, but while Max Verstappen entered the FIA Formula 3, Lando participated in a very particular category at the same time as famous in the British islands, the Ginetta Junior , where he achieved Several victories, demonstrating his talent.
Already in 2015, Lando, sponsored by the Carlin team began competing in the MSA Formula , the British event Formula 4 which debuted as the evolution of British Formula Ford famous. With eight victories to his credit, Lando Norris won the title ahead of Ricky Collard, now BMW Junior driver or Colton Herta, son of driver and owner of Indycar team Bryan Herta as well as Daniel Ticktum , the last signing of Red Bull Junior Team.
Although the level of the British Formula 4 was questioned, praising the one of the Italian championship and especially the one of the German, Lando also emphasized in sporadic participations that realized in those championships , obtaining numerous podiums and even victories. Also the German category witnessed the worst accident of Norris’s sporting career, suffered in Hockenheim and that forced the suspension of the test to ensure the correct evacuation of the pilot , which was performed by ambulance. And is that while in Karting its performance was sometimes associated with its small stature and ridiculous weight, this has not been of great help in formulas, where the pilot needs some physical consistency.
Although one could think of a jump to the FIA Formula 3 championship after the good performance shown in Formula 4, the pilot decided to continue his career in Formula Renault 2.0 , although his season began in the Toyota Racing Series, the already traditional Preseason event performing each year between January and February intensively in New Zealand . There Lando Norris proclaimed champion ahead of pilots like Jehan Daruvala, Artem Markelov, Pedro Piquet or Guanyu Zhou, the Chinese star belonging to the Ferrari young drivers Academy .
With the start of the European season, Norris gave a good sign that he was going for all, and soon in Formula Renault 2.0, both in its Eurocup format and in its format Northern European Cup , the same that won Carlos Sainz in 2011. Norris Finalized a brilliant season obtaining the double , that is to say, taking both championships and with certain comfort, ahead of pilots with certain baggage and certainly more experienced.
Occasionally, Lando Norris also disputed the BRDC British Formula 3 , known colloquially as the Palmer Formula, since Jonathan Palmer is the promoter of the same one. In it Lando stood out in a remarkable way, finishing the championship with the same victories that the winner of the title in spite of to have participated in only four of the eight appointments .
Its good performance during the year was rewarded with the inscription at the prestigious Macau Grand Prix . In order to do this, he had to compete in the last FIA Formula 3 event, where he went unrecognized. However, in the urban layout of the former Portuguese colony, which for many is the best circuit, Lando did manage to attract attention, moving fluidly through the narrow streets until he managed to get into the top 10 in qualifying , although he ended up against The wall trying to improve his time, nothing strange in a debutante. Already in the qualifying race, his inexperience played a trick again, squandering his options by going straight against the wall in the very fast Mandarin curve.
In spite of the accidents suffered, the British pilot reacted in the main race, managing to trace from the bottom of the grill to the eleventh position , leaving a good taste of final mouth to a debut full of clouds and clearings. The balance of the 2016 season was positive for Lando Norris, who ended up taking the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award , an award that in recent years have been pilots such as George Russell , present Junior driver of Mercedes or Oliver Rowland , pilot in the Orbit of Renault. Going back to the past, young drivers like Oliver Turvey, Oliver Jarvis, Paul di Resta, Gary Paffet, Jenson Button,
However, the biggest prize for Lando Norris has come with the statement confirming his joining the McLaren’s young drivers program of McLaren , who will now have an intense work with the simulator while will dispute the full season of the FIA Formula 3 again united To the Carlin team. While the prize may seem like a trifle, it is only the beginning of a union that can last for a long time with the challenge of following the road previously marked by young drivers like Kevin Magnussen or Stoffel Vandoorne, and is that although Norris has not had The explosion of Max Verstappen, has been winning and imposing itself in every step that has given, so there is reason to think that it is one of the drivers to take into account in the future not so far away.