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Inside world of Britain’s new F1 star Lando Norris who is total opposite of Lewis Hamilton

BRITAIN’S new F1 star Lando Norris is set for greatness – and he is the total opposite of Lewis Hamilton.

Lewis and Lando at first glance have eerily similar career paths – both being signed by an early age by McLaren.

Both ended up partnering and matching an experienced Spaniard during their debut season, with Carlos Sainz for Lando and Fernando Alonso for Lewis. 

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And both have entered the sport tipped for greatness, with Lewis more than delivering – currently on course of his sixth world title in F1.

The 19-year-old is tipped by those who know him to follow in Hamilton’s footsteps as the next big star for Britain. 

Beyond their path into the sport however, Lando and Lewis couldn’t be more different away from track. 

“I enjoy sim racing more than going out to do that, so you probably won’t see me in London getting hammered too much”

Lando Norris

Lewis is known for embracing the jet set lifestyle of F1, often seen hanging out with models and celebs.

The international megastar has almost transcended the sport as he finds fame in the US.

With his own clothing line, dreams of a music career and appearing in Hollywood movies – Lewis looks set to be F1’s biggest star ever, and even more successful than Michael Schumacher.

Lando has been clear he wants to keep things down to earth as he spoke ahead of his debut in F1.

Norris has said he likes to spend his spare time playing computer games.

He even has his own simulator at home so he can play as close to reality as he can.

The young racer has also shunned the glitz and glamour of Monaco which is home to Lewis and many of the other stars of F1 – preferring to stay in Guilford

His £400,000-year-deal is also just one hundredth of Lewis’s salary at F1’s top dogs Mercedes.

Lando has qualified for the top six in the last three Grand Prix and been hailed by pundits for his performances in the races.

And he is fast gaining a big following amongst F1 fans as he allows his goofy personality to shine through on Instagram and Twitter.

The McLaren driver opts not for the glamour shots of him hanging out in private jets.

Norris instead his timelines with memes, gaming livestreams and banter – including spelling out the Jaws theme “durn dun, durn dun”. 

Lando has also said the famous party lifestyle of the F1 circus isn’t for him – and he doesn’t even like booze.

Speaking in February, he said: “I don’t do that [go out partying] now. I enjoy driving on the sim, doing stuff like that, staying at home.”

He added: “I do things I love doing. Sometimes that is maybe going out to have a drink with friends, going out partying or whatever.

“But I enjoy sim racing more than going out to do that, so you probably won’t see me in London getting hammered too much.”

Norris also comes from a completely different background to Lewis, being from Bristol, and the son of the 501st richest man in Britain.

Hamilton meanwhile came from a council estate in Stevenage as his dad had to take two jobs to fund his budding career. 

Lewis was picked up by McLaren when he was 13, while Lando joined the Woking-based outfit when he was 17.

Both also had big success in the F1 feeder series, with Lewis winning the GP2 championship  – now F2 – in 2006, and Lando coming second to  in 2018.

Despite their differences, Lando has spoken of his admiration for Lewis– but previously said he won’t be seeking out Hamilton for advice.

He said: “But I haven’t rung up Lewis – I don’t even know his number – I haven’t tried going out of my way to seek advice from people I don’t necessarily know personally.

“I’ve always looked up to him as a driver. He is a driver I admire a lot because of how amazing he is. He is one of the best of all time.”

The two stars have also clashed in the press Hamilton took a swing at young drivers, saying F1 should be a “man’s sport”.

Lando joined F1 with fellow youngster George Russell and Alex Albon – with the youngest F1 grid in history for 2019.

He said: “It must be targeted at me, George and Alex, because we’re the youngest in F1 and I’m not suffering perhaps as much as he thinks I should.

“I don’t think it’s intimidation, I just don’t know why he wouldn’t say it any other year. It’s much harder now than when he started in F1.”

Lewis and Lando may end up duking it out track this weekend as they gun for spot of top Brit in Silverstone. 

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