FIA F3 European Champion Lando Norris to make FIA Formula 2 debut

While the 2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season has already ended, newly crowned champion, Lando Norris, is still facing a tight schedule. Two days after the Brazilian F1 GP he will conduct the official tyre test for McLaren at Interlagos, afterwards he will travel to Macau for the FIA Formula 3 World Cup and just a week later he will make his FIA Formula 2 debut in Abu Dhabi.

But first of all, on 13th November, Norris is celebrating his 18th birthday. Nonetheless, he won’t have the chance of partying the night away as he will enter the cockpit of the McLaren F1 car for the official tyre test at Interlagos on the following day. For the young gun that recently was confirmed by the tradition-rich British team as test and reserve driver for the coming season it will be the second official Formula One test. In August at the Hungaroring he already made his first test appearance for McLaren

Right after the test Lando will travel to Macau where he will return to the wheel of his F3 vehicle to battle it out with the best F3 drivers in the world. Due to his F1 test he will miss the first practice session of the event held in the former Portuguese colony. He will arrive only a short time prior to the qualifying session but set himself ambitious goals for the tradition-rich race, nevertheless. “I’m aiming for a win at the famous Macau Grand Prix – it would be an awesome end to what’s already been an amazing year. But it’ll be tough as in addition to the high-class field and the nature of the uncompromising street circuit, I’m missing practice which isn’t ideal but Macau is a race I really want to take part in and do it with the Carlin guys.”

Once the Macau GP is behind him, the young Briton will already make the step up to Formula 2. For this – currently – one-off appearance he joined the Spanish squad Campos Racing. In his FIA F2 debut race weekend he wants to gather experiences in a series he possibly could contest the full 2018 season in. “Having won the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at my first attempt this year, I will either step up to Formula 2 or to Japanese Super Formula in 2018 to go on working on my aim of one day racing in Formula One. To get the opportunity to contest the last two races of this year’s F2 season therefore is a bonus whichever category I ultimately chose. 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,” Lando said.