Lando Norris will graduate to Formula 2 in 2018 with Carlin Racing, joined by Brazilian F2 race winner Sergio Sette Camara as the British team returns to the feeder series.
Norris, McLaren’s official Formula 1 test and reserve driver for 2018, finished 13th in a one-off debut for Campos Racing in Abu Dhabi. The youngest-ever winner of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Carlin Racing last month, Norris had nine wins and 20 podiums in the series this season. He made his single-seater debut with Carlin in the F4 British Championship in 2015, earning eight wins on his way to the title. The following year saw him clinch titles in Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup, Formula Renault 2.0 NEC and the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand.
“2018 will be my fourth year racing with Carlin,” Norris said. “Trevor [Carlin] heads up a great operation at Carlin and I feel part of the ‘family’ there. It’s a friendly environment and one in which I feel very comfortable in. Next year will be a steep learning curve in terms of getting used to the increased power, the Pirelli tires and mandatory pit stops but I feel I’m in the best environment possible to get to grips with all those elements.”
It will be a busy few weeks for Norris, who will drive F1, F2 and F3 cars in the next 10 days. He’ll drive McLaren’s F1 car at a Pirelli tire test in Brazil on Tuesday an F3 at Macau next weekend for Carlin and then F2 at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Sette Camara is already a race winner in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, with two podiums and a race win in the Spa-Francorchamps Sprint race in his rookie season. The 19 year-old Brazilian has previously enjoyed success with Carlin, taking a third place in last year’s Macau Grand Prix, joining then teammate and race winner Antonio Felix da Costa on the podium.
Carlin has competed in F2 since 2011 but took a year off from the series in 2017. A 12-race calendar and an all new FIA F2 car, powered by a 620hp 3.4-liter turbocharged engine will provide a new challenge for the 2018 season.
“With Lando and Sergio we have one of the most exciting young line-ups there is,” Trevor Carlin said. “We’re extremely proud to be able to continue for the fourth consecutive season our relationship with Lando. It’s extremely rewarding to continue working with a driver up the FIA ladder.
“It will be a great benefit having Sergio’s season of experience at this level with the Pirelli tires and we know having worked with him before his great speed and potential. The whole team is very excited about the challenges and season ahead.”