Teen ace is on the rise at McLaren

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

LANDO Nor­ris will be­come McLaren’s of­fi­cial For­mula One test and re­serve driver for the 2018 sea­son, the team has con­firmed.

The Bri­tish teen sen­sa­tion, who turns 18 next week, em­u­lated Lewis Hamil­ton by win­ning the Euro­pean For­mula Three cham­pi­onship last month.

And the Som­er­set driver - snapped up to McLaren’s young driver academy in Fe­bru­ary fol­low­ing a string of im­pres­sive per­for­mances in the ju­nior cat­e­gories - has now been re­warded with a role on their race team.

Nor­ris will re­place Jen­son But­ton as McLaren’s third driver and will be the first point of call to deputise for Fer­nando Alonso and Stof­fel Van­doorne.

Nor­ris will also make the step up to For­mula Two, F1’ s feeder se­ries, in 2018 where he will dove­tail his new McLaren com­mit­ments.

“Lando is an out­stand­ing young tal­ent,” said McLaren Tech­nol­ogy Group ex­ec­u­tive director Zak Brown.

“To­day’s an­nounce­ment is thor­oughly de­served, and un­der­lines the in­cred­i­ble high re­gard in which we hold his abil­i­ties.”

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