Lando Norris made history this weekend by winning the first-ever round of the new MSA Formula Championship.The 15-year-old driver took first place in his single-seater racing debut as the much-anticipated championship got underway in style at Brands Hatch.And to add to his delight and his ever-growing reputation as one of the world’s most exciting young drivers, the ADD Motorsports-supported Carlin racer also took top spot in the third round for good measure.
He said: “With so many people watching the first ever MSA Formula race, it was really great to get the win and make a bit of history.“Carlin have been brilliant so far. They’ve pushed me in the right areas and worked really hard to give me an advantage.“Hopefully it’s just the start of things to come.”
The Somerset driver, who also made history last season as the youngest karting world championship winner, started the season off in fine form.
Relishing the new challenge with Carlin in MSA Formula, which replaces British Formula Ford on the BTCC support bill, he was fast in practice and fast enough in qualifying to get a second place start in Round One and a poll for Round Three.
The driver got off to a great start in Round One and was into first position by the first corner.
A brief safety car period saw his lead narrowed, but when he got going again there was no stopping him taking the first ever win in MSA Formula – and making a little bit of history along the way.
With a reverse grid for Round Two, Lando found it tougher to get going in the second race and even dropped a few places early on. With the team deciding to stay on old tyres, he found himself at a slight disadvantage and although managed to finish in ninth by the end of the race, struggled to impose himself.But Lando was back on top for Round Three, with a well-judged victory.
He lost ground at the start slipping to third by the end of the first lap, but had pulled back into second a lap later.Although he could make little ground after the first safety car intervention, he managed to make the most of the second safety car, getting in front of James Pull and then finishing strongly with a three-second lead. He now heads the Championship table, contested over 30 races across 10 meetings.
Lando continued: “It’s been a really good weekend. To get one win was great, but to get two was brilliant. My team made some great decisions with the tyres which really helped me.
“I now want to keep improving and come back even stronger for Donington.“Hopefully, if I can keep putting in performances like these and winning races, it will be a good season.”
The double win marked the end of a special week for Lando, who was also picked to become a FIA ambassador for road safety alongside Lewis Hamilton.
The FIA’s Action for Road Safety campaign is focused on educating and advocating safer roads, vehicles and behaviour globally.
He added: “I may not be old enough to drive on the roads yet, but as someone who drives on tracks around the world I still feel strongly about road safety.
“I urge everyone to sign the FIA pledge and help make roads safer globally by following this link - http://www.fia.com/welcome-fia-action-road-safety-online-pledge.”