MCLAREN RESERVE NORRIS LATE TO MACAU
NEWLY CROWNED FORMULA 3 European champion Lando Norris has been given the reserve role for the Mclaren Formula 1 team for 2018.
Norris, who is tipped to race in Formula 2 next season but has not ruled out Japan’s Super Formula series, has been given the position after his headline-grabbing performance in the midseason Hungaroring test.
Mclaren boss Zak Brown said: “His summer test for Mclaren was remarkably impressive, and was further proof that he is ready to step up and take on a role of this size, scope and responsibility. At Mclaren, we are extremely keen to help him achieve his goal of racing in F1.”
Norris’s first track action in his new role will be to take part in the first day of the Pirelli test at Interlagos on Tuesday, following the Brazilian Grand Prix.
But the commitment means that he will be facing a frantic dash to the Macau Grand Prix, where the action kicks off on Thursday for what will be Norris’s swansong in F3 with the Carlin team.
Norris, who celebrates his 18th birthday on Monday, will fly out of Sao Paulo, connecting at Frankfurt and Beijing before arriving in Macau at lunch time on Thursday – after free practice. Any delay could mean that he will miss the opening qualifying session.
The same thing happened to Valtteri Bottas in 2011 when he missed his flight after an Abu Dhabi test with Williams.