Ris­ing Brit Nor­ris lands dream role as test and re­serve driver for Mclaren for 2018 cam­paign

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Euro­pean For­mula 3 cham­pion Lando Nor­ris will be­come Mclaren’s F1 test and re­serve driver next sea­son.

The Mclaren Au­tosport BRDC Award win­ner im­pressed when he had his first run in a con­tem­po­rary F1 car dur­ing the mid-sea­son test at the Hun­garor­ing and will now get a chance to play an ac­tive role in the team with both on-track test­ing and in the sim­u­la­tor.

Nor­ris said: “The last 12 months have been an in­cred­i­ble jour­ney for me – I’ve en­joyed ev­ery sin­gle minute – and this is just an amaz­ing way to bring the year to an end.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to help­ing the team, start­ing next week with the tyre test at In­ter­la­gos and I will work harder than ever to learn and de­velop across the next year.

“I have two ex­cel­lent teach­ers in Fer­nando [Alonso] and Stof­fel [Van­doorne], and I will do my best to help with the team’s ef­forts to get back to the front.

“I’m still work­ing hard to fi­nalise my own rac­ing pro­gramme for 2018 – we’re close on a num­ber of dif­fer­ent fronts, but not quite there yet.”

Nor­ris says he will ei­ther be rac­ing in F2 or Su­per For­mula next sea­son.

Mclaren rac­ing di­rec­tor Eric Boul­lier added: “Lando is some­body who ar­rives with a very high level of abil­ity, am­bi­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion. There will be plenty of op­por­tu­nity to observe, learn and par­tic­i­pate through­out 2018, and we want to make sure Lando is fully pre­pared, if needed, to step into Fer­nando or Stof­fel’s shoes at a mo­ment’s no­tice.”

Nor­ris has al­ready im­pressed Mclaren bosses

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