The Carlin team has announced that it will run McLaren protégé Lando Norris and Formula 2 race-winner Sergio Sette Câmara when it joins the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2018.
Norris (pictured above left), who is making his F2 debut with a one-off appearance for Campos Racing at this weekend’s season-ending Abu Dhabi round, will effectively remain with the team that propelled him to claim the FIA Formula 3 European Championship crown in his rookie season.
“I’m going into 2018 unquestionably aiming to achieve more success by winning races,” said Norris, who will also act as McLaren’s Formula 1 reserve driver.
“But 2018 will also be a big learning year. Getting experience of the increased power, enhanced aerodynamics, the [Pirelli] tyres, the mandatory pit-stops and competing at new tracks.
“It’s an educational year, I’ll be new to Formula 2 while Carlin is returning after a season out of the category.
“I’ll also be up against some very experienced F2 drivers. I’m hopeful it will work to our advantage that 2018 sees a newly designed [Dallara] car being raced for the first time since 2011.”
Sette Câmara (pictured above right), meanwhile, will move to the British squad after a season with Dutch outfit MP Motorsport, with whom he claimed victory in the Sprint Race at Belgium and backed that up with a second place in the Sprint Race in Italy. The Brazilian currently sits twelfth overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings in his rookie season.
“To be signing with Carlin is the best. They are a top team and I know they will be up there,” Sette Câmara added.
“I had previous experience with Carlin in Macau in 2016 and it was amazing to finish third in such an important race with them.
“The environment within the team, with the other drivers, the mechanics, the engineers is just so happy and positive, I’m looking forward to spending the season with the team in such a big championship.
“To have such a strong team mate as Lando, who is so highly regarded is really motivating.”
The Carlin Motorsport team previously competed under the Formula 2 Championship’s former GP2 Series guise between 2011-16, and is one of two outfits which will be new to the 2018 grid. It is the first team to finalize its driving line-up for the 2018 season.
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