Lando Norris signs Formula 1 deal with McLaren

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Madrid, Sep 3 (IANS) British Formula two driver Lando Norris has signed a multi-year deal to join McLaren’s Formula One lineup starting in 2019, the team announced on Monday.

Norris will team up with Spain’s Carlos Sainz, and is currently a member of McLaren’s young driver program competing at the Formula Two level, where he holds the second spot in the general classification, reports Efe news.

“To be announced as a race driver for McLaren is a dream come true. Although I have been part of the team for a while now, this is a special moment, one I could only hope would become reality,” Norris said in a statement on McLaren’s website.

The young driver also tweeted a photo of himself as a boy spinning doughnuts in a go-kart, with the caption “If I could go back and tell this guy he’d be a McLaren Formula One driver in 2019, he wouldn’t believe me.”

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Norris has already taken part in Formula One tests carried out in Abu Dhabi in 2017 as well as Spain and Hungary in 2018.

McLaren CEO Zak Brown said: “Norris is an integral part of our plan for rebuilding our Formula One operation for the future, and he has already developed a strong relationship with the team.”

“He’s fast, he learns quickly, and has a mature head on his young shoulders. We see much potential for our future together,” Brown added.

–IANS

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