McLaren Formula 1 driver and Ginetta Junior graduate Lando Norris explained how the championship helped him develop at the start of his car racing career.
At the age of 14, Norris made his car racing debut in the 2014 Ginetta Junior championship. It wasn’t long before he was on the pace of the more experienced drivers, picking up his first podium in the series in the second race weekend.
His first overall win came at Croft, where he took a took a lights-to-flag victory in the second race of the weekend and beating Jack Mitchell by 0.5s.
“The thing about Ginetta Juniors is that it was super close,” Norris told journalists at Goodwood. “It was really close racing, and good drivers.
“And it was the only thing I could do at that age. I was still doing karting when I was doing Ginetta.”
After finishing third in the overall championship, Norris progressed into British Formula 4 (then MSA Formula) and along the path that would eventually lead to Formula 1.
“It was a really good transition from karting into F4,” he explained. “It prepared me more for F4.
“I knew I had to drive better, more effectively, but it’s not something like I learned how to brake or learned how to push the limits in different areas.
“You learn a lot of different things, but it’s more simply learning how to drive more naturally.
“It helped me in general to prepare for where I am today.”
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