Fantastic performance is the least we can say for the 20-year-old racing driver Lando Norris and his first five years of a career. Since he left karting and entered a racing with big cars in 2014, Norris has won five championship titles in different competitions all around the world.
His most recently captured championship title was in the 2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. In 2016, Norris was a champion in three competitions – the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup, Formula Renault 2.0 NEC and New Zealand's Toyota Racing Series. In 2015, he was the British MSA Formula champion.
In 2018, he spent a season in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, finishing second in the points, and then joined McLaren for the 2019 Formula 1 season.
World karting champion in 2014
Born in November 1999, in Bristol, Norris entered the karting racing at the age seven. Year by year, he progressed through CIK-FIA karting ladder, finally winning the World Championship in 2014.
In the same year, he made a debut in the car racing, entering the Ginetta Junior Championship with HHC Motorsport. He won four races, finishing third in the championship and the best among rookies.
MSA Formula champion in 2015
In 2015, Norris competed in different Formula 4 championship across Europe. He was most successful in the MSA Formula, in which he was driving Mygale-Ford for Carlin. Scoring seven wins and fourteen podiums in 30 races, he won the championship ahead of Ricky Collard and Colton Herta.
Norris also appeared in the Italian and German Formula 4 championships with Mücke Motorsport, scoring one victory and seven podiums in total.
Lando Norris joined Carlin in 2015
Winning a championship in New Zealand
During the European winter, in January and February 2016, Norris participated in the New Zealand's Toyota Racing Series, winning the championship title with M2 Competition team. He won six of fifteen races in the #31 Tatuus-Toyota, dominantly taking a title ahead of Jehan Daruvala.
After returning to Europe, Norris joined Josef Kaufmann Racing in the Formula Renault but also stayed with Carlin for a part-time schedule in Formula 3.
Two titles in the Formula Renault
Norris was a dominating driver in the 2016 Formula Renault season, winning both Eurocup and Northern European Cup. In the Eurocup, he was on a podium twelve times in fifteen races, including five wins. In the NEC competition, he scored six wins and eleven podiums.
In the Formula 3, he was a race winner four times in the BRDC British Championship. He joined Carlin in the last round of the European Championship but also in the F3 Macau Grand Prix, where he finished 11th.
Lando Norris, 2017 Formula 3 European champion
McLaren's junior won the European Formula 3 in 2017
In February 2017, Norris joined the junior programme of the McLaren F1 Team. He had an opportunity to test F1 car in the mid-season at Hungaroring. In 2017, his only competition was the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
Driving the #31 Dallara-Volkswagen, Norris clinched a title in a dominant way, two races before the end of the championship. He became the youngest ever F3 champion.
Progressing to Formula 1 in 2019 after one season in F2
For 2018, Norris signed for McLaren F1 Team as a test and reserve driver. With F3 championship trophy in his hands, he made a step up to the FIA Formula 2 Championship, driving the #19 car for Carlin. He won the season-opening race at Bahrain and scored eight more podiums later in the season to finish second in the points, behind George Russell.
For the 2019 Formula 1 season, he was announced as a replacement for Fernando Alonso in the McLaren F1 Team. At the wheel of the #4 MCL34-Renault, his best result in his rookie season was the sixth place in two races (Bahrain and Austria). He ended the season 11th in the points.