After the season is prior to the season and so, Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam), Guanyu Zhou (Prema Powerteam) and Tadasuke Makino (Hitech GrandPrix) currently are probing their options for the coming year. Recently, all three tested in the FIA Formula 2 and delivered in fine style. Meanwhile, Lando Norris (Carlin), the 2017 FIA Formula 3 European Champion who already signed a Formula 2 deal for the 2018 season, also contested the official FIA Formula 2 post-season tests at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit.
Lando Norris tested for Team Campos Racing, impressed with a great performance in the morning session of day one and proved to be the fastest of the four FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers. The Briton who already has been confirmed as McLaren F1 Team’s test and reserve driver for the 2018 season has got more Formula 2 experience under his belt than the other three as he already raced in the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship season finale held at the same venue. In 2018, Norris who is the first rookie to have won the FIA Formula 3 European Championship title since Esteban Ocon will advance to the FIA Formula 2 Championship and will do so together with his long-term partner Team Carlin.
On day two, however, Makino, Zhou and Günther also made it to the top 10 on the time sheets. Honda protégé Tadaske Makino who tested for Team Russian Time and secured a podium in the 2017 FIA F3 European Championship finished fourth in the morning session. Maximilian Günther took his Racing Engineering Dallara to ninth position and was happy with his achievements in his Formula 2 debut: “At the end of the day I was just 28 hundredths of a second slower than my experienced team-mate Oliver Rowland. And Rowland finished third in this year’s FIA Formula 2,” said the German who secured third place in the 2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
On day three, China’s Guanyu Zhou secured his best result. In the morning session, the young gun who is supported by Ferrari and tested for Team Rapax took his single-seater to fifth position. In the 2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season, his second so far, he impressed with five podiums and finished eighth in the championship.