The talent of Lando Norris bursts onto the European scene
At 13, the British driver Lando Norris is one of the revelations of the 2013 season. Winner of several international competitions in his first full year in KF-Junior, he won the European Championship despite difficulties in the final at Ortona after contact with unruly drivers.
"I am delighted with the title of European Champion! Especially as I did not have an easy task. Firstly I had to adapt to the LeCont tyres that we used for the first time at Alcaniz. It took some time, but the RFM Motorsport team worked well and I was faster during testing. The meeting started very well, but then I had to fight back after being bumped in prefinal-1. In the final, I gradually closed on the leader. I passed on the last lap, but he tried to retaliate and he pushed me out of the way. Fortunately, I was able to finish second and then retrieved first place when he was penalized by the stewards.
"I didn't know the track arriving at Ortona. With the data saved by the team I filled the gap in performance after qualifying. Everything went better and better and I started to believe I could get a place on the podium. But the final was very hard. I went off after the start and found myself at the back of the pack. I gave everything to come back, but I was pushed off when passing another driver. I went back onto the track without much hope, and for me, the Championship was lost at that time. In the end, I did well to continue to the finish because that is what allowed me to win the title!"