McLaren F1 reserve driver Lando Norris prepared to wait for prime time
McLaren F1 reserve driver Lando Norris says that he may have to look elsewhere for a drive if 36-year-old Fernando Alonso decides to continue with the team past 2018.
For many teams, this is a problem that they would love to have: a two-time champion (Alonso) still regarded as one of the quickest drivers on the grid and two young up-and-coming talents chasing him hard. One will have to fall by the wayside, and, with Belgian driver Stoffel Vandoorne currently occupying the second seat, Norris is prepared to do whatever it takes to get a shot as soon as possible.
“I guess you have to wait for what Fernando wants to do, and I think they are happy with Stoffel, and it is quite early in his career,” the 18-year-old Norris told Autosport. “Obviously he can develop a lot and definitely improve as a driver going into 2018.
“So it is a bit of it is waiting to see what they are going to do, but I can’t really say what else is going to happen — it is a bit hard for me.”
Norris will be competing in Formula 1 support championship Formula 2 with Carlin. Having been given his first taste of the championship at the season finale in Abu Dhabi, Norris is aiming to take the title at the first attempt and make McLaren’s decision about their 2019 lineup even more difficult.
“Obviously my aim is to be at McLaren,” said Norris. “If I can’t get a drive here, then I have to look at other opportunities.
“If they say, ‘We’re not really going to have a drive for three years’ or something, then it is obvious that I am going to have to go elsewhere. But if it is just one year (out), I think I’ll still stick with McLaren and deal with one year out. The aim is to be with McLaren.”