McLaren F1 superstar Lando Norris has had a busy season both on and off the circuit, with Quadrant having launched their new off-road themed apparel line.
Norris has once again been the dominant driver at the Woking-based team, with the Brit currently occupying seventh in the Drivers’ Championship ahead of the triple-header.
The British driver has dealt well with the regulation changes, much better than team-mate Daniel Ricciardo who has scored almost 60 points less than Norris.
Whilst Ricciardo is set for the boot, Norris’ future with McLaren is looking bright; however, the 22-year-old will be hoping to get back towards the front sooner rather than later.
After closing the gap to the frontrunners in 2021, McLaren have well and truly returned to being a midfield team, with the side currently P5 in the Constructors’ Championship.
Norris’ incredible podium at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is the team’s only rostrum of the season, with the side usually featuring just outside the top five.
Norris has been delivering strong results off the circuit as well, as his lifestyle and gaming brand Quadrant continues to go from strength to strength.
The brand recently launched their new off-road themed clothing line, which involved a photoshoot using a rally car.
Norris has since expressed his intent on trying rallying, after admitting he “really wants” to get behind the wheel after seeing “how crazy” rally drivers are.
“I want to try some rallying at some point,” Norris told Motorsport.com in an interview.
“Our next collection with Quadrant clothing is a bit of an off-road vibe. So we recently went and did some stuff to record a piece for it that included rallying
“And I just realised going there for the first time and witnessing it, how crazy those people are. It made me really, really want to have a go
“I might start where there’s no trees, [at the] end of the year, I just want to have a go – in a safe place! With tyre barriers somewhere
“Like, car control and flicking it in and handbrake and timing and all of that stuff, it’s always good to do every now and then for like car control and to keep your wits about with more than just driving a Formula 1 car
“It’s like karting. A lot of Formula 1 drivers like to do karting, because it gets them back in the feeling of feeling things and it’s very feeling-related in karting. Same with rallying, I just want to go and try something new.”
Should Norris try rallying, then he’d be following in the footsteps of both Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen, who have both featured in rallying competitions in recent years.
Raikkonen’s two-year hiatus from F1 was spent in the World Rally Championship, whilst Bottas’ rallying experience came in the Arctic rally.
Trying different forms of racing isn’t something new to Norris, who took part in famous sports car race the 2018 Daytona 24 Hours alongside Fernando Alonso for United Autosports.
Norris went on to reveal that he’d consider competitive rallying, but after seeing what it’s like.
“Maybe one day,” he answered.
“I’ll have to try it first, just to see what it’s like, just because it looks awesome and yeah, there’s always things in life people want to try and do
“That’s come across as something I would love to try at some point.”
Given the high injury risk associated with rallying, McLaren will undoubtedly be hoping that Norris doesn’t give it a go while he’s still racing in Formula 1.