Lando Norris handed F2 debut in Abu Dhabi, Super Formula also an option for 2018
McLaren has announced its reserve driver Lando Norris will make his FIA Formula 2 Championship debut in the season-finale in Abu Dhabi.
The 2017 European F3 champion will drive the Campos Racing car during the November 24-26 weekend, replacing Ralph Boschung and partnering with Alex Palou.
Norris' immediate work is Pirelli's tyres test on November 14, before he flies off to Macau in an attempt to win the coveted F3 event. Owing to the tight schedule, he will miss the Thursday practice.
Post his weekend in Macau, the British driver will head off to Abu Dhabi to gain experience in the F2 car - which will help him to decide his future championship in 2018, revealing that a Super Formula drive is also an option.
“Having won the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at my first attempt this year, I will either step up to Formula 2 or Super Formula in 2018 towards my goal of one day racing in Formula 1," the British driver said.
"To get the opportunity to contest the last two races of this year’s F2 season is therefore a bonus whichever category I ultimately chose. It’ll be the first time I’ve ever competed in a race that includes a compulsory pit-stop and so this will also be a new experience for me.
"I’ll be signing off from F3 this weekend and having won the Euro F3 title at my first attempt this year, it would be great to go back to Macau and win – it would be an awesome end to what’s already been an amazing year.
"But it’ll be tough as in addition to the high-class field and the nature of the uncompromising track, I’m missing practice which isn’t ideal but Macau is a race I really want to go back and do with the Carlin guys – even with that disadvantage.
"It’s a race everyone looks forward to and it’s an incredible track. I slid wide and touched the barriers in the qualification race last year and so I definitely know that there is no room for errors, you need to be inch perfect.
"I’m much more confident heading there this time, the team has improved, and we’ve performed very well this year on street tracks like Pau which bodes well. I can’t wait to get there," he added.
Super Formula seems an interesting choice for Norris, since McLaren will end its ties with Honda after the 2017 season, as it switches to Renault. Stoffel Vandoorne ran in the 2016 season as a part of a deal with the Japanese manufacturer.