WATCH: 14-Year-Old Karting Driver Posts an F1 Challenge to Lando Norris

Published 10/08/2021, 3:30 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 7, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during a press conference ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sedat Suna


Formula 1 is steadily transitioning into the next generation, with young and feisty drivers like Lando Norris, George Russell, Max Verstappen, and Charles Leclerc taking over the mantle from the veterans.

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Consequently, one could smell the retirement announcements arriving from Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, and others in the coming years. And what does this mean?

More seats for the youngsters, and more opportunities for drivers in karting to step up into much powerful open-wheel racing cars. Well, one such rising star is the 14-year-old Briton, Arvid Lindblad, who ended up challenging fellow British F1 driver, Lando Norris.

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Arvid’s challenge to Lando Norris

In the paddock at Istanbul Park, the young Briton raced towards the McLaren driver and gave out what is quite an interesting challenge. Arvid demanded Norris to remember him and reckoned he would be in F1 in 5 years.

I want you to remember me, I’ll see you in 5 years,” he said.

That’s some confidence from the youngster, and why wouldn’t he be?

Arvid Lindblad (a 14 year old Red Bull karting junior) to Lando Norris: "I want you to remember me, I’ll see you in 5 years" from formula1

Arvid holds on to exemplary statistics, securing top 2 finishes over most of the karting series. His latest being at the WSK Open Cup, where the Briton was the vice-champion.

As of now, Arvid is under the Red Bull junior team and has mostly been competing against McLaren’s recent recruitment, Ugo Ugochukwu. But, Ugo has hardly been a match against the Briton; Arvid recently won the WSK Euro Series OK 2021 against Ugo by a difference of 199 points.

Future Red Bull driver in the making?

Arvid’s focus is already on the big picture after having garnered enough attention from the racing community with his exemplary on-track skills. Interestingly, he even revealed considering Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton as his heroes.

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My motorsport heroes are Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. Despite both drivers entering Formula 1 at a young age, they both showed fearlessness, tenacity, and an uncompromising desire to win despite their inexperience and youth,” he said.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race alongside Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who finished in second place REUTERS/Albert Gea

This has motivated me a lot in my own driving to push hard even when I have often be one of the youngest and least experienced drivers on the grid.”

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Overall, Arvid is certainly a driver to keep an eye on. And by the looks of it, he could soon make it into the Formula series in a year or two. But, that is when the real game begins for the Briton.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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