Lando Norris (Carlin) will make the next step on his way to Formula One by contesting the 2018 FIA Formula 2 season. And the Briton will once again race for team Carlin. Furthermore, he will take part in the Formula One tyre test that has been rescheduled for this Wednesday (29 Nov.), as the test in Brazil two weeks ago had to be cancelled.
The reigning FIA Formula 3 European Champion Lando Norris has been racing for Team Carlin since 2015 and seems to feel very comfortable in the squad around Trevor Carlin. He now extended his contract with Carlin for another year and will contest his first year in the FIA Formula 2 Championship for the British squad. “Trevor heads up a great operation at Carlin and I feel part of the ‘family’ there. It’s a friendly environment and one in which I feel very comfortable in,” said Norris. “I’m going into 2018 unquestionably aiming to achieve more success by winning races. 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 like Bahrain, Baku and Sochi. I’ll be new to Formula 2 while Carlin is returning after a season out of the category. I hope it will work to our advantage that 2018 sees a newly designed car in Formula 2.”
Carlin Racing Director Trevor Carlin also is delighted to continue the cooperation with the 18-year old talent: “We’re extremely pleased and proud to take Lando onto this next level of his career. We’ve been fortunate enough to work with him since his first steps in single seaters and in every season of his career so far. I think team and driver push each other to be better with every session and every race. In no way do we underestimate the challenge of a new car and level of competition in the FIA Formula 2 field but having claimed F4 and F3 titles together, continuing that level of championship winning success in F2 is obviously the aim.”
Norris caused a stir in the 2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship by winning the title as rookie driver in his first season. Furthermore, he made his FIA Formula 2 debut last weekend in Abu Dhabi for Campos Racing. He he had to retire the team’s Dallara due to a technical problem in one race and finished 13th in the other.
Norris, who is the official test and reserve driver for the McLaren F1 team, was supposed to take part in the tyre test following the Brazilian GP. This test, however, was postponed at short notice to be held after the season finale at Abu Dhabi and so, Norris will now be driving the F1 car on Wednesday this week. It will be his second official outing in the cockpit of a Formula One car, following the debut in early August at the Hungaroring. “I’m massively looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the McLaren again – especially after the disappointment of not getting a run in Brazil. It’ll be good experience again after my run in Hungary in the summer,” Norris said.