Lando Norris Will Be McLaren’s Official Reserve Driver In 2018

Lando Norris Will Be McLaren’s Official Reserve Driver In 2018

The 17-year-old McLaren protege will be an F1 test and reserve driver next season

If you keep an eye on motorsport outside of Formula 1 then you’ll already be familiar with the name (and what a name) Lando Norris.

The Brit won this year’s European F3 title as a rookie with races to spare and tested with McLaren at the mid-season test in Hungary, all at the age of 17.

Norris tested for McLaren at the Hungaroring
Norris tested for McLaren at the Hungaroring

Now Norris is to become McLaren’s official test and reserve driver for 2018, replacing 2009 F1 world champion, Jenson Button. No pressure then.

“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.”

Norris is still only 17!
Norris is still only 17!

As for racing, he’s still finalising his plans but expects to be in either Super Formula or Formula 2. If it goes anything like his career so far, expect him to be fighting at the front immediately.