Lando Norris feels ready for 2018 McLaren Formula 1 reserve role
Formula 3 European champion Lando Norris says he would be all set to become McLaren’s Formula 1 reserve driver for 2018.
McLaren racing director Eric Boullier recently suggested Norris was under consideration for the role.He made his F1 screening launching with McLaren this year, having won the 2016 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
“It ‘d be actually cool,” Norris, who is likely to race on F1’s Formula 2 undercard next year, informed Autosport.
“I would like a couple more tests, however after my Hungaroring test in August I know exactly what to anticipate now, and know the best ways to go into a test day and increase it.
“I can get on the speed quicker, have more sensation for the car, and if anything did occur and I did get picked I ‘d be confident I might leap in and be the third motorist.”
F3 title unforeseen
Norris states that he never anticipated to be in a position to win the European F3 title when he started the 2017 season.The 17-year-old
wrapped up the Euro F3 rookie title in addition to the general crown in the very first race of the Hockenheim finale, and insisted he was only reasonably targeting a top-three position.Norris, who entered into F3 with Carlin after winning the Formula Renault Eurocup and NEC titles in 2016, became the very first Euro F3 champion given that Edoardo Mortara in 2010 to win it with a team aside from Prema Powerteam.Carlin had a significant regroup after a devastating 2016 F3 campaign, in which it
even missed out on some races, prior to rebounding in style by carrying Antonio Felix da Costa to triumph in the end-of-season Macau Grand Prix. “It’s been a really good year for me,”stated Norris,” and it’s been far better than me and the group expected.” For Carlin to come back from such a bad year in 2015 to win the champion, I cannot truly offer them enough credit.
“This is my best championship, due to the fact that I have actually had to work much harder for it.” In all the previous years [including his MSA Formula title with Carlin in 2015], I’ve been with a team I knew might do it, and this year it was practically a small gamble to race for Carlin.” I don’t think the champion was even the target at the start of the year -completing in the top 3 would have been excellent.
“Norris likewise confirmed that he will stay with Carlin for November’s Macau GP, which he objected to as freshly crowned Renault champ in 2016.”
I’m definitely doing Macau,”he informed Autosport,” and I’m really looking forward to it.”In 2015 as a rookie it was quite difficult against some really knowledgeable opposition, but now as a team we have actually enhanced a lot, we have actually
got a mutual understanding for street tracks -we were extremely strong at Pau -and our speed will have improved. “I’m truly anticipating it and obviously I will go hard for the win.”