After wrapping up the 2022 Formula 1 season, the McLaren driver talks about his favourite track in Asia, his preferred Tumi luggage and his plans to release music
Lando Norris has generated quite a buzz on the Formula 1 grid—not only has the 23-year-old secured a multi-year contract with McLaren, but he’s also become a fan favourite for bringing racing enthusiasts behind-the-scenes on social media.
But Norris has many other interests besides F1 racing. He is behind Quadrant, a successful gaming channel on YouTube, he is an ardent golfer and he’s also a photographer—he even has a dedicated photography Instagram account (@lando.jpg) and has influenced fellow racers such as Daniel Ricciardo to follow suit. It is clear from both his Instagram accounts that Norris is quite a jetsetter, so it makes sense that he’s also the face of Tumi’s latest McLaren capsule collection of “luggage, bags, and accessories with race-car resilience”.
What are the most essential items in your luggage while travelling?
If I am travelling for a race weekend I tend to carry everything with me—tablets, notebooks, headphones, laptops and even golf gear—so it’s super-important that everything stays neatly in its place.
While I do travel with different kinds of luggage depending on whether I need only a few pieces or my entire wardrobe, more often than not, my go-to luggage is the Aero International Expandable 4 Wheeled Carry-On from the Tumi McLaren collection. I love its carbon fibre look inspired by automotive design, and I always know my stuff is well protected.
Which item from the Tumi McLaren collection fits into your daily lifestyle the most?
I’d say the Tumi McLaren Velocity backpack is great for short journeys because it’s easy to put all my things inside—phone, laptop, camera, you name it—and then throw it on my back. It’s quite sturdy, thanks to the carbon fibre.
It’s difficult to maintain a skincare routine while being on the move all the time. Is there a skincare mantra you swear by?
I sweat a lot. So keeping hydrated is an indispensable part of my daily routine, especially over race weekends and when I’m travelling. Beyond that, I just dab on a bit of aftershave and I’m good to go.
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What’s your go-to music for a long journey?
I prefer relaxing music on long journeys. Tortoise by Frankie Stew and Harvey Gunn has been my go-to for a while. I also helped McLaren put together a playlist on Spotify, it has some of my favourite artists like AJR, Russ, Martin Garrix, Quinn XCII and Jon Bellion.
You enjoy DJing but how do you find time for it between your commitments? Do you have plans to release any mixes soon?
I don’t get much time for DJing, but I really enjoy playing around with it when I can. I had a great time getting behind the decks in Singapore and Austin, and I would love to release some kind of mix when I next have time.
Where in Asia do you enjoy driving the most?
I love Japan, both on and off the track. There’s so much to see and do. The vibe is amazing even if you’re just walking around Tokyo and taking photos.
While you travel a lot, is there any country on your bucket list that you haven’t ticked off yet?
The Maldives looks amazing. I’d love to go there when I have the time to really relax and take it all in.
Would you rather never wear a hoodie again or have a buzzcut for the rest of your life?
Well, I’m all about hoodies, very rarely will you see me without one. Besides, during the lockdown in 2020, I shaved my head live on Twitch after we raised money to support the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO. It was a strange feeling having a buzzcut, but I would happily do it again for a good cause.