Lando Norris has finally been confirmed to race for Carlin in the 2017 FIA European Formula 3 Championship season, joining Ferdinand Habsburg and Jehan Daruvala.
The Briton is one of the most highly rated youngsters coming through the motor sport ranks, and has taken four titles in just two years since stepping into single seater racing, winning the 2015 MSA Formula title and the Toyota Racing Series in early 2016 before taking both the Eurocup and NEC titles in Formula Renault 2.0.
Norris, who made his European Formula 3 debut at the season finale at Hockenheim in 2016 and his Macau Grand Prix debut in November, recently picked up the coveted McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, and admits he is delighted to continue the partnership with Carlin into 2017.
“I’m very happy to be driving for Carlin in 2017,” said Norris. “Next season marks my third season racing for them.
“The guys in the team are great, we enjoy spending time together, we all get along very well and importantly I believe they are the right team for my first season in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
“It’s a very competitive series but I’m sure that I have the right ‘package’ to challenge for the title having shown good pace at Hockenheim and Macau.”
Having overseen his title winning campaign in MSA Formula in 2015, Carlin also gave him outings in both the BRDC British Formula Three Championship and European Formula 3 in 2016, and racing director Trevor Carlin is pleased that the partnership between team and driver will continue into 2017.
“We are very pleased and proud that Lando and his management have chosen to stay with the team for a third season, and I’d like to thank them for the trust they’ve placed in our FIA F3 team after two very promising outings in Hockenheim and Macau,” said Carlin.
“Lando is an incredibly exciting young driver and has already shown in his short career his talent, dedication and work ethic. We very much look forward to working with him again in 2017 and showing what we can achieve together in FIA F3.”