McLaren protégé Lando Norris will make his debut in the FIA Formula 2 Championship’s season-ending round at Abu Dhabi with Campos Racing, replacing Ralph Boschung.
The British driver dominated this year’s European Formula 3 championship, claiming the title in his rookie season. He is considered a hot prospect to win next weekend’s Macau Grand Prix.
Norris is contracted to serve as McLaren’s Formula 1 reserve driver next year. He and the team continue to evaluate his racing prospects for 2018, with full-time drives in either Formula 2 or the Japanese Super Formula championships are considered the most likely prospects.
Norris, who turns 18 today, will drive in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix’s support event as teammate to Spanish driver Álex Palou, who had an impressive debut with Campos Racing at the previous event at Jerez by claiming a pair of eighth-placed finishes.
“Having won the Formula 3 championship at my first attempt this year, I will either step up to Formula 2 or Super Formula in 2018 towards my goal of one day racing in Formula 1,” Norris said.
“To get the opportunity to contest the last two races of this year’s F2 season is therefore a bonus whichever category I ultimately choose.
“It’ll be the first time I’ve ever competed in a race that includes a compulsory pit-stop and so this will also be a new experience for me.”
|WHO IS LANDO NORRIS?|
|Full Name||Lando Norris|
|Born||13 November 1999, Glastonbury (GBR)|
|2014||Ginetta Junior Championship, HHC Motorsport, 4 wins, 11 podiums, 8 poles, 3rd overall|
|2015||MSA Formula, Carlin Motorsport, 8 wins, 15 podiums, 10 poles, 1st overall
ADAC Formula 4 Championship, Mücke Motorsport, 1 win, 6 podiums, 8th overall
Italian Formula 4 Championship, Mücke Motorsport, 1 podium, 11th overall
BRDC Formula 4 Autumn Trophy, HHC Motorsport, 2 wins, 4 podiums, 1 pole, 5th overall
|2016||Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Josef Kaufmann Racing, 5 wins, 12 podiums, 6 poles, 1st overall
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC, Josef Kaufmann Racing, 6 wins, 11 podiums, 10 poles, 1st overall
Toyota Racing Series, M2 Competition, 6 wins, 11 podiums, 8 poles, 1st overall
BRDC British Formula 3 Championship, Carlin Motorsport, 4 wins, 8 podiums, 4 poles, 8th overall
|2017||FIA European Formula 3 Championship, Carlin Motorsport, 9 wins, 20 podiums, 8 poles, 1st overall
Formula 1, McLaren-Honda, Test Driver
Images via FIA European Formula 3 Championship