Norris to use Hungaroring Test to ‘get used to a Formula 1 car’

Lando Norris will test a 2017 McLaren in Hungary this week - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Lando Norris will get his first taste of 2017 Formula 1 machinery this week at the Hungaroring when he participates in the post-Hungarian Grand Prix test with the McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team.

The British racer, twice a winner with his Carlin team at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, admits he will use the test with McLaren, although he also acknowledges that the opportunity to race with the team that brought him into their young driver programme at the beginning of 2017 depends on the situation with the current line-up.

“It depends what happens with the drivers, I don’t really have any clue at the moment,” said Norris at Spa-Francorchamps, “and expectations, it’s really just to learn how to drive Formula 1 cars.

“Obviously I did a test about a month ago just to get an initial input of what a Formula 1 car is like to drive but the 2017 car is much harder, so it’s more just to get up to pace, to get more experience in an F1 car so if I get any chances of driving at the end of this year or next year, I should be more up to the pace than what I would be if I jump straight in.

“Obviously I’ll be doing a few tests for the team, trying to improve the car and whatever they want me to do. It’s difficult because I can’t say I’m going to be trying to go fast the whole time, its more just for me to learn and try and develop as a driver and obviously try and get used to a Formula 1 car.”