Lando Norris to drive for McLaren from 2019

Lando Norris to drive for McLaren from 2019

McLaren has announced that Lando Norris will complete McLaren’s driver line-up for the 2019 season. 

Lando, 18, from Somerset, UK, is McLaren Test and Reserve Driver and is contending the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship. He currently sits second in the championship, having won on his Formula 2 debut from pole position, with four races from two events remaining. 

Lando will partner Spaniard Carlos Sainz, 23, at McLaren in 2019, as part of a multi-year agreement with the team. Although 2019 will be Lando’s first season racing in Formula 1, he is no stranger to McLaren or F1 machinery. 

Lando has been part of the McLaren Young Driver Programme since early 2017, when he officially joined the team as Test and Simulator Driver. Since then, Lando has regularly conducted race simulation work for the team and also participated in Formula 1 testing – in Abu Dhabi in 2017, and Spain and Hungary in 2018. Most recently, he has driven in the first free practice sessions in both Belgium and Italy. 

In his early career prior to joining McLaren, Lando rose rapidly through the ranks in junior racing categories, winning the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and the Toyota Racing Series Championship all in 2016, in addition to five karting championships in the four previous years. Last year, he contested the European Formula 3 Championship, which he won at the first attempt. 


Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing, said:

“We’re very pleased to finally be able to reveal who will complete our driver line-up at McLaren for 2019. 

“We believe Lando is an exciting talent, full of potential, who we’ve very deliberately kept within the McLaren fold for exactly that reason. 

“We already know he’s fast, he learns quickly, and has a mature head on his young shoulders. We see much potential for our future together. The investment we have made in his budding career with simulator development and seat-time in the car has been well-deserved, as he has continued to prove his abilities both behind the wheel and in his work with the engineering team. 

“Lando is an integral part of our plan for rebuilding our Formula 1 operation for the future, and he has already developed a strong relationship with the team. 

“In Lando and Carlos we have an impressive duo who, despite their relative youth, hold valuable experience in Formula 1 and with McLaren, and represent the next generation of McLaren drivers to lead the team forward. While our short-term focus is fixed on securing the best possible result for the remainder of the 2018 season, we’re also massively motivated by the opportunities that lie ahead.” 


Lando Norris said: 

“To be announced as a race driver for McLaren is a dream come true. Although I’ve been part of the team for a while now, this is a special moment, one I could only hope would become reality. 

“I’d like to thank the whole team for this amazing opportunity and for believing in me. I’m also extremely grateful for the commitment McLaren has already shown in my development, allowing me to build my experience in a Formula 1 car in both testing and on Fridays during the past two race weekends. 

“For the remainder of 2018, my focus remains firmly on the Formula 2 championship. My objective is to win the title before joining McLaren full-time, which will be tough, but I will fight as hard as I can for the remaining four races. I’ll also be working closely with McLaren at every opportunity to learn as much as possible from the drivers, engineers and mechanics to give myself the best preparation ahead of next year.”  

Lando Norris racing record 


2010 
Won Super One Series ‘O’ Plate

2012 
Formula Kart Stars Champion 
Runner-up in MSA Super One British Championship 

2013 
CIK-FIA KFJ European Championship 
CIK-FIA KFJ Super Cup Championship 
WSK Euro Series KFJ Championship 
WSK Masters Series vice-champion 

2014 
CIK-FIA KF World Championship – made history by becoming the youngest karting world championship winner (aged 14) – before then held by Lewis Hamilton. 

2015 
MSA Formula Championship 

2016 
Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup Championship 
Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Championship 
Toyota Racing Series Championship 
McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award winner 

2017 
European Formula 3 Championship 
McLaren Test and Simulator Driver 
Winning the F3 championship means Lando has won every single-seater championship he has contested in full, at his first attempt. 

2018 
McLaren Test and Reserve Driver 
F2 Championship (currently second in championship)