British driver Lando Norris may only be 17 years-old, but he is already within reach of his dream to reach Formula One.
Norris has already attracted the attention of the McLaren F1 team, who signed him up to their young driver programme earlier this year.
The young Bristolian has been on an upward trend since winning the World Karting Championship in 2013, something he admits is a career highlight for him.
“Yeah obviously to come away as a world champion is something pretty cool to have your name on , so I think umm probably it was that, I think probably the one standout one is the world championship.”
Since then he has won the MSA Formula championship in 2015, before winning both the Formula Renault NEC and Eurocup. Whilst from the outside it looked like he cruised to both titles, Norris still felt the pressure at various points of the season.
“I think in Formula Renault last year there was a lot of times when we’ve really not been fast, so the likes of Red Bull Ring in Eurocup and Assen in the NEC championship they were very tough because of my pace and the teams pace during the race.”
With every step up the single seater ladder he has impressed. In his debut season of FIA European F3, a key step on the ladder to F1, he has already won twice in the opening two rounds of his rookie season.
So far Norris has established himself as the latest young British F1 hopeful, and with the might of McLaren behind him he could well be a name people see gracing the F1 grid within the next five years.
By Jordan Wilkins