McLaren is said to be open to offers when it comes to loaning out top test driver Lando Norris. The idea is for him to gain more experience, meaning he would be pulled out of his Formula Two commitments for the rest of the season. Norris missed out on an F1 spot with McLaren this year; however, he is widely tipped to enjoy great success with the team in the near future.
Britain’s youngest ever F1 driver?
At the age of just 18, Norris would become the nation’s youngest ever F1 driver if he were to make his debut in this F1 season. Zak Brown, McLaren’s chief executive, stated that the team is keen for Norris to gain valuable experience; however, a long-term deal is out of the question. A recent deal with Toro Rosso fell through because the driver was wanted on a long-term basis. As McLaren believes Norris has a bright future with the team, the team is only interested in a short-term loan.
According to the BBC, Toro Rosso had wanted Norris to join its junior team for the rest of the season as a replacement for Kiwi driver Brendan Hartley. The Toro Rosso team is used for younger Red Bull drivers to gain valuable experience and hone their skills. Toro Rosso was hoping to keep Norris into 2019 and the next season, which is something McLaren refused to consider.
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2019 looks bright for Norris
Lando Norris currently looks set to be in contention for McLaren next season, providing he gains enough experience this year. Fernando Alonso will possibly quit at the end of the current season, meaning Norris could be a replacement for the double world champion driver; alternatively, the 18-year-old could potentially replace Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne. Norris is performing well in Formula Two, where he is currently 27 points ahead of his nearest rival.