McLaren have added rising British star Lando Norris to its driver development programme for the 2017 season.
The current McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner, claiming his prize at the annual Autosport Awards last December, has extended his partnership with the team following his success, joining them in their driver development programme for the upcoming season, following in the footsteps of Lewis Hamilton.
Having previously driven in Formula Renault, he will make the step up to Formula 3, alongside the likes of Mick Schumacher in which will be a competitive series this season.
New team boss Zak Brown was full of enthusiasm for the new signing, “I regard Lando as a fabulous prospect – he blew the doors off his rivals in not one but three highly competitive race series last year, then capped that by establishing himself as the clear winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
“It was an impressively mature performance, and we’ll be developing him this year as part of our simulator team, whereby he’ll be contributing directly and importantly to our Formula 1 campaign at the same time as honing and improving his technical feedback capabilities.”
Lando joins current McLaren development drivers Nobuharu Matsushita and Nyck de Vries, along with Oliver Turvey – McLaren’s test and simulator driver.