McLaren’s Eric Boullier: Lando Norris “an asset to our test driver line-up”


Lando Norris impressed McLaren-Honda's Racing Director Eric Boullier on Wednesday - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Eric Boullier lauded Lando Norris as a star of the future after the British racer participated in the second day’s running of the post-Hungarian Grand Prix test on Wednesday, finishing second fastest to Sebastian Vettel.

McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team Racing Director, Boullier, saw current FIA European Formula 3 Championship star, Norris, complete 91 laps of the Hungaroring after taking over the MCL32 from Stoffel Vandoorne, and he was delighted to find the feedback that the Briton was giving to the engineers was valuable to the team despite his relative inexperience.

Boullier was happy to have two productive days of testing at the Hungaroring, which was particularly pleasing after seeing the team secure their first two-car points finish of the season at the circuit on Sunday.

“I’m pleased to say that today was another very productive and useful day, for both McLaren Honda and Lando Norris,” said Boullier. “We’ve completed a good number of laps with no major issues, and we’ve made great progress with our test programme.

“To follow a strong race weekend in Budapest with two positive days of testing is a great boost for the whole team as we enter the shutdown period, and the information we’ve gathered will be incredibly valuable for us as we move forward with the development of our package for Spa and beyond.

“Lando has impressed us all with his maturity, professionalism and speed, and has got to grips very quickly with the car in only his first outing in the MCL32. His feedback with the engineers has been valuable and accurate, and he’s certainly an asset to our test driver line-up – not to mention a potential star of the future.”