Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup champion Lando Norris will step up to the European Formula 3 Championship in 2017 after securing a promotion with Carlin.
The 17 year-old has been identified as one of Britain's most exciting young racing talents after a fine 2016 campaign that saw him win three single-seater titles – the Toyota Racing Series, the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Championship and the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup -, as well claim wins in British Formula 3 and shine on his Macau Grand Prix debut last month.
For 2017, Norris will stay with the Carlin team he competed in Macau with and step up to the European F3 Championship as he looks to challenge for the title in his rookie campaign.
“I'm very excited to be joining Carlin and can't wait to contest the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. My aim is simple and the same as at the start of every season – I want to win the championship title outright.
“Although it's my 'rookie' F3 season, I'm totally confident with the 'package' – the team and Volkswagen. I believe I have what it takes to challenge for the title in my first full season of F3 racing especially after the pace we showed at Hockenheim and Macau.”
“The competition will be tough, it's an ultra-competitive series, of that there is no doubt. Many of the drivers I'm up against will be in at least their second year in the category so will have a lot of F3 experience on the tracks we'll be racing on.
“There will be a couple of circuits totally new to me but this year in Renault I learnt them quickly. If, in my first year, the outright F3 title is not within my grasp, it won't be for the want of trying and then winning the 'rookie' title is an absolute must.
“It'll be my third season racing for Carlin – I feel very comfortable and at ease with them and we all get along very well.”