user icon

Norris to drive "four or five" extra FP1 sessions

  • Published on 04 Sep 2018 14:44
  • comments 1
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Lando Norris is set to appear in a number of extra free practice one sessions this year ahead of his full-time drive in 2019. The Briton was confirmed as Stoffel Vandoorne's replacement on Monday, right after McLaren announced that the Belgian would not have a drive with them for the 2019 season.

Norris made his Formula 1 weekend debut at the Belgian Grand Prix over a week ago, stepping into Fernando Alonso's car. On Friday last weekend at Monza, he took Vandoorn'e seat for the opening session. However, he only set nine laps as the session was affected by heavy rain.

McLaren CEO Zak Brown confirmed that Norris would be at the wheel of the MCL33 in some free practice sessions later this year, admitting he would prefer to avoid clashing his FP1 duties with his Formula 2 campaign.

"We’ll put him in for another four or five free practice ones,” Brown announced. “I think we’ll try and keep him away from some of the Formula 2 weekends. The ‘hurry up, get out of there in FP1 and go and run to Formula 2’, I don’t think has done him any favours the last few races.

“I think that while the free practice ones have been really good for us, he’s made the comment to me that he actually feels more comfortable in the Formula 1 car now than in the Formula 2. We’d like to see him win the Formula 2 championship, which he’s still got a chance at. But he’s got to hustle.”

Norris is currently in second place in the 2018 Formula 2 championship, 23 points behind compatriot George Russell. Only two rounds remain in the championship, Sochi and Yas Marina. Norris is likely to drive during FP1 at Singapore, Japan, USA, Mexico and Brazil. 

 

Fergal Walsh

Replies (1)

Login to reply

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2022

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team Alpine F1
  • Points 274
  • Podiums 1
  • Grand Prix 116
  • Country ES
  • Date of b. Jul 29 1981 (41)
  • Place of b. Oviedo, ES
  • Weight 68 kg
  • Length 1.71 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Bahrain
18 - Mar 20
Bahrain
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia
8 - Apr 10
Australia
22 - Apr 24
Italy
6 - May 8
United States of America
20 - May 22
Spain
27 - May 29
Monaco
10 - Jun 12
Azerbaijan
17 - Jun 19
Canada
1 - Jul 3
United Kingdom
8 - Jul 10
Austria
22 - Jul 24
France
29 - Jul 31
Hungary
26 - Aug 28
Belgium
2 - Sep 4
Netherlands
9 - Sep 11
Italy
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
18 - Mar 20
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
8 - Apr 10
Australia Albert Park
22 - Apr 24
6 - May 8
United States of America Miami International Autodrome
20 - May 22
27 - May 29
Monaco Monte Carlo
10 - Jun 12
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
17 - Jun 19
1 - Jul 3
United Kingdom Silverstone
8 - Jul 10
Austria Red Bull Ring
22 - Jul 24
France Paul Ricard
29 - Jul 31
Hungary Hungaroring
26 - Aug 28
2 - Sep 4
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
9 - Sep 11
Italy Monza
See full schedule
show sidebar