Carlin wins F2 title on category return
Lando Norris has thanked the Carlin team by helping it to wrap up the Formula 2 teams’ championship on its return to the category.
Norris has been with Carlin since 2015 when he won the MSA Formula [now British F4] crown, and last season won the European Formula 3 title with the squad.
A mid-season lull cost Norris in the drivers’ championship this season, but he and Brazilian teammate Sergio Sette Camara combined to deliver a key trophy for Carlin, which returned to the series this season having previously raced in GP2.
Norris also jumped Alexander Albon for second in the standings with a fifth and a second in the final two races of the year in Abu Dhabi.
“I have to say a massive thank you to them for the years we’ve had,” said Norris, who moves to Mclaren in 2019. “It would have been nice to win the drivers’ [title] but it doesn’t always go to plan.
“It hasn’t been easy but we’ve been there consistently. It’s good for my ending with the team, to win.”
Team boss Trevor Carlin added: “To win the highest level of European championship outside Formula 1, is a very good step and it does prove we’ve still got it. Both drivers have done a great consistent job.”