McLaren reserve driver Lando Norris will put in a one-off appearance at Abu Dhabi in the Formula 2 Championship
It’s been a mega year for Lando Norris. He wrapped up the European Formula 3 championship in his rookie season a few weeks ago and was recently named as McLaren’s official reserve driver for 2018. He also had his first taste of F1 machinery when he tested for McLaren in Hungary.
This weekend he’s racing at Macau (where he’ll surely be a favourite) and now it’s been announced that he’ll take part in the final weekend of the Formula 2 championship in Abu Dhabi the week after.
Norris will replace Ralph Boschung at Campos. Not exactly a front-running team, sure, but Alex Palou (who’ll be his teammate in Abu Dhabi) managed to lead most of the last race in Jerez (which was absolutely awesome), so there’s a chance we could see Lando mixing it at the front.
It’ll all be good experience for the 18-year-old, especially as this’ll be the first time he’s ever had to do a race which requires a pit stop. On top of that, he’s also been tipped to race in Formula 2 next year, or failing that doing what Stoffel Vandoorne and Pierre Gasly did and going to race in Japanese Super Formula.
It’s pretty damn exciting because Norris and Charles Leclerc are undoubtedly two of the biggest stars of the future and now they’re going to be racing together. Will we actually see them battle on track? Who knows - we can only hope!