After arriving at McLaren as a 19-year-old, he finished his first season in a way that showed maturity and speed beyond his years.
Against an experienced teammate in Carlos Sainz, Norris never looked in over his head in 2019. In fact, in the only qualifying driver battle to be settled at the final race at Abu Dhabi, Norris qualified a brilliant seventh, two places – and just 0.023 seconds – ahead of the Spaniard.
On the final lap of the race Norris lost a spot to the vastly experienced Sergio Perez, who was on much fresher tyres, and publicly apologised to the team afterwards.
Even so, 7-8-8 finishes in the last three Grands Prix of 2019 is an impressive run, particularly for a rookie in a fierce midfield battle.