The world's premier racing series, Formula 1, is the ultimate showcase of innovative technology, incredible driving skills, and heart-stopping competition. And OMs Lando Norris (F1) and Oliver Goethe (F3) have provided unparalleled excitement for fans around the globe as they dominated on their home ground track, Silverstone.
From an early age, Lando enjoyed the thrill of karting and displayed a natural talent for the sport. After weekends of racing, he would proudly bring back his trophies, often larger than himself, and showcase them during Monday's assembly at Millfield. Lando's talent was evident as he quickly progressed through the ranks, finding success in various junior categories such as Formula Renault 2.0 and European Formula 3. This paved the way for his entry into Formula 1.
In 2019, Lando joined McLaren Racing as a Formula 1 driver, marking a significant milestone in his career. During his debut season, he wasted no time in showcasing his immense talent and potential. It was at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix where Lando secured his first-ever podium finish, claiming an impressive third place. This achievement further solidified his position as an up-and-coming force in the world of Formula 1.
Lando led the first five laps during his home Grand Prix, facing off against the 2023 dominator, Max Verstappen. He then valiantly defended his position from Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time world champion, in a battle for second place. For seven intense laps, Lewis relentlessly tried to overtake Lando, but Lando held his ground, defending with unwavering determination. Eventually, he successfully fended off Lewis's challenge, securing his position and becoming the first McLaren driver to reach the podium since Lewis's departure in 2012.
In 2022, ROFGO driver, Oliver Goethe, secured a seat with Trident Motorsport for the 2023 FIA Formula 3 season, marking the start of his first full season in one of the most competitive junior single-seater series in the world. FIA Formula 3 serves as the third rung of the Road to F1 ladder, providing a crucial steppingstone for aspiring young drivers on their path to Formula 1.
Oliver, the reigning Euroformula Open champion, started second on the grid behind his Italian teammate at the track on Sunday. He then seized the lead on lap 15 as Fornaroli began to struggle with his tyres. This marked Oliver's first-ever victory in the FIA Formula 3 series, leading a Trident one-two in the Silverstone feature race. With this achievement, Oliver has become a race winner in FIA Formula 3!
Looking ahead to the next stop in the F1 calendar later this month in Budapest, Oliver said, “After this weekend, I’m confident the pace will be strong. Last year I drove in Budapest so I have a little bit of experience there already and I think the pace will be strong. I’ll just try to repeat what I did here.”