Why Does Lando Norris Race With Number 4 on His F1 Car?

Published 08/17/2021, 3:28 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrates with his team after finishing in third place Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


Every driver in F1 owns a backstory to why they landed on certain numbers. For Lewis Hamilton, it’s his father’s car that had a 44 numbered plate and for Sebastian Vettel, it’s his idol, Michael Schumacher. Similarly, Lando Norris has his own reason as to why he signed up for F1 with #4.

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According to Norris himself, there are two primary reasons #4 was much more appealing, rather than his karting numbers like #31, #11, or even #46.

Lando Norris’ love for Moto GP idol

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It is a known fact that Norris has been an ardent fan of Moto GP legend, Valentino Rossi. The Briton often sported Rossi’s ‘The Doctor’ cap during pre-race events on Sundays, and also while streaming on Twitch. Of course, it is almost impossible for the Blue-Fluorescent Green outfit to go unnoticed.

And Rossi’s number in Moto GP is #46, which has been the case for 21 years now. Hence, the McLaren driver did initially wish to use his idol’s number itself.

MotoGP – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – April 18, 2021 Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Valentino Rossi before the race REUTERS/Pedro Nunes

However, Norris didn’t want to look like a ‘copycat’, and rather opted to remove the #6 from #46, hence arriving at #4. He also mentioned the same during the launch event of the One Plus phone’s McLaren edition in 2018.

I had #31, I had #11, and in karting, I had #33 and #46. But, none of them meant a lot to me. So I just went with the one that looked the best. That’s the best reason,” he said. “I would have had #46, but I didn’t want to just be a copycat, so I chose something for myself. I have something new that fits perfectly into my logo.

#4 fitting right into the name

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During the early stages of his F1 career, Norris was prioritizing gaming a lot and needed a very interesting number to merge with his name. The fact that #4 resembled the letter ‘A’ helped Norris a lot. Hence, he arrived at the name, L4ndo.

Interestingly, the #L4ndo has been a successful profile on Twitter as well, with the page constantly providing insights into Norris’ F1 career.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrates after finishing in third place REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Overall, Norris made the right decision of not opting for the same number as Rossi. Instead, he has formed his own identity with #4. Hence, can Norris create his own legacy with #4 similar to what Vettel, Michael Schumacher, and Nigel Mansell did with #5?

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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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