GB3 alumni news: British F3 race winner Norris blasts to maiden F1 victory in Miami

GB3 alumni news: British F3 race winner Norris blasts to maiden F1 victory in Miami

05 May 2024

BRDC British F3 race winner Lando Norris claimed his first Formula 1 race win with a stunning performance in the Miami Grand Prix on Sunday evening.

The British driver, who won four BRDC British F3 races in 2016, put in a starring role in Florida, as he powered from fifth on the grid to victory, taking McLaren's only second victory in 12 years. 

A mid race safety car put him in a position to win, but he had shown supreme pace beforehand, and after racing resumed, the British driver was able to stretch his advantage to over seven seconds despite early pressure, and inflicted a rare defeat on Red Bull's Max Verstappen in the process.

Norris follows in the footsteps of George Russell, as an alumni from the UK's leading single-seater category, to claim an F1 Grand Prix race victory. 

"About time, huh?!" Norris said immediately afterwards. "What a race, it's been a long time coming, but finally I've managed to do it. I'm so happy for my whole team, I've finally delivered for them. A long day, a tough race, but finally on top, so I'm over the moon.

"The whole weekend has been good, I just had some little setbacks along the way, but I knew on Friday we had the pace and just a couple of mistakes here and there, but today we managed to put it together. We had the perfect strategy, it all paid off, so thanks to McLaren, everyone, and I have to give a shout out to my mum and dad of course!

"I'm just proud really, like a lot of people I guess doubted me along the way, I've made a lot of mistakes over the last five years in my short career but today we put it all together. This is all for the team, I stuck with McLaren because I believed in them and today proved exactly that."

Norris graduated into BRDC British F3 (now GB3) in 2016 after winning the British F4 Championship the year beforehand. Norris won four British F3 races at Snetterton, Rockingham and Spa, and claimed the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award at the end of that campaign.

He then won the FIA F3 European Championship in 2017 and was runner-up in FIA F2 the following season. He graduated into F1 in 2019 with McLaren, and 15 podiums later, is the latest British F1 race winner.