Lando Norris Age – At age 17, Lando Norris was named McLaren’s test and reserve driver. He was appointed to replace the team’s departing driver, 2009 world champion Jenson Button, after an outstanding performance in testing at the Hungaroring in 2017. Norris, like Button, had his first taste of karting at the Clay Pigeon kart circuit. Norris and his elder brother Oliver (10), both aged seven, immediately started participating in karting events.
The Norris brothers benefited from their father, Adam Norris’s support. Adam Norris was a director at financial services firm Hargreaves Lansdown who subsequently founded his own investing business. He was reported to be worth more than £200 million in 2016 by Forbes magazine.
Lando Norris raced in both the KF and Rotax karting divisions at one point, at his father’s urging, to expand his experience and familiarise him with other types of equipment and tires. Lando’s hard training paid off as he amassed an amazing collection of championships.
With one round remaining, he won the 2013 WSK Euro series. Although he was denied the European KF title the following year, he made up by capturing the global KF championship in 2014.
Norris made his automobile racing debut in 2014, competing in the Ginetta Junior Championship, a British Touring Car Championship feeder series. He finished third in the championship with four wins and the Rookie Cup. Norris secured a contract with Carlin Motorsport for the 2015 season to compete in the newly formed MSA Formula Championship (now known as the F4 British Championship).
Norris won eight races, claimed ten pole positions, and finished on fourteen podiums to defeat Ricky Collard and Colton Herta for the title. He also had sporadic outings with Mücke Motorsport in the ADAC and Italian Formula 4 championships, winning six podiums in eight starts in the former.
Norris traveled to New Zealand in January 2016 as a member of the M2 Competition squad to participate in the Toyota Racing Series. He won six races, including the New Zealand Grand Prix, and defeated Jehan Daruvala to win the title. Norris then went to Europe to compete in Formula Renault 2.0 with Josef Kaufmann Racing, racing in both the Eurocup and the Northern European Cup. He won both series, winning a total of eleven races and earning ten straight pole positions in the latter.
Norris also raced in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship on a part-time basis, winning four races out of eleven. In October, he made a guest appearance at the Hockenheimring for the last round of the European Formula 3 Championship in preparation for the November Macau Grand Prix. Norris qualified tenth in Macau but was eliminated from the qualifying race due to a first-lap accident. He qualified 27th on the grid and finished 11th in the main race.