McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team has named Lando Norris as part of their Young Driver Development Programme. The scheme provides feedback, assessment and training to develop the skills of junior prospects.
The British driver joins Nobuharu Matsushita and Nyck de Vries on the acclaimed programme that has nurtured the talents of both Lewis Hamilton and Stoffel Vandoorne. Norris himself boasts an impressive CV, featuring numerous karting titles in addition to the Toyota Racing Series, Formula Renault Eurocup and Formula Renault Northern European Cup titles in 2016.
The 17-year old, who despite only contesting half of the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship still managed to finish eight, achieved an incredible 43 podium finishes, including 21 race wins, 26 pole-position starts and 13 fastest race laps.
He will be contesting his first full season of Formula 3 this year, competing for Carlin and driving a Dallara-Volkswagen
“This exciting opportunity with McLaren comes at precisely the right time in my career and there is no other Grand Prix team I’d rather be associated with,” he said. “It’s hopefully taking me another step closer to reaching my goal of competing in Formula One.
“It’s such a well-known and historic ‘brand’ so for me to have been chosen to be part of it makes me thrilled.
“I’m looking forward to the new experiences and opportunities this will open up for me in 2017 as I strive for success in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.”