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Lando Norris Lands Formula 1 Gig for 2018

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McLaren is starting to get themselves set-up for the future, announcing earlier this week that Lando Norris will be the team’s official test and reserve driver for 2017.

“I’m so excited to be joining McLaren as test and reserve driver for 2018,” said Norris. “The last 12 months have been an incredible journey for me – I’ve enjoyed every single minute – and this is just an amazing way to bring the year to an end.

“I’m really looking forward to helping the team, starting next week with the tyre test at Interlagos, and I will work harder than ever to learn and develop across the next year. I have two excellent teachers in Fernando (Alonso) and Stoffel (Vandoorne), and I will do my best to help with the team’s efforts to get back to the front.”

The 2017 European F3 Champion has been part of the team’s Young Driver Programme since the start of 2017, making his test debut in August at the Hungaroring.

“We feel it’s very important to have a fully enrolled test and reserve driver within the team. Lando will attend Grands Prix and become a fully integrated member of the team,” McLaren Racing Director Eric Bouillier. “Lando is somebody who arrives with a very high level of ability, ambition and application; it is our job to develop and fine-tune his focus as we increase his understanding of how a Formula 1 team operates and how a modern Grand Prix car works.

“There will be plenty of opportunity to observe, learn and participate throughout 2018, and we want to make sure Lando is fully prepared, if needed, to step into Fernando or Stoffel’s shoes at a moment’s notice.”

On top of his being set to fulfill his duties with McLaren, the 17-year-old is exploring opportunities for a full single-seater campaign.

“I’m still working hard to finalise my own racing programme for 2018 – we’re close on a number of different fronts, but not quite there yet,” he added. “I hope to be able to announce something shortly.”

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