MCLAREN RE­SERVE NOR­RIS LATE TO MA­CAU

Autosport (UK) - - PIT + PADDOCK/NEWS AND ANALYSIS - MAR­CUS SIM­MONS

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.

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