Lando Norris

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Lando Norris is proof of the age-old proverb that states ‘if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.’

The McLaren F1 junior wasn’t technically a rookie due to his appearance in the 2017 F2 finale at Abu Dhabi, but, more than a year George Russell’s junior, he was young, raw and inexperienced. McLaren had big plans for the Bristol-born British racer and earmarked him early on for a potential 2019 race seat in F1, when the driver market was set for a shake-up.

Still, Norris had to prove he had the mettle. Victory in the first round of 2018, in the Bahrain Feature Race, wasn’t a bad way to start. He would then keep pace with eventual Champion Russell throughout the campaign, securing a further eight podiums on his way to second place in the Championship.

Known for his boyish charm and playful sense of humour, Norris has taken to F1 like a duck to water both on and off the track. Retaining his McLaren race seat for a third season, Norris will hope to continue his upward trajectory.