17 year old Brit Lando Norris had an impressive first test for McLaren last week. The test took place at the Hungaroring on Wednesday 2nd August and featured drivers such as Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso , Daniil Kvyat and also a returning Robert Kubica in the Renault. Norris posted the 2nd fastest time overall behind Sebastian Vettel.
His time, a 1:17.385, was 0.164 faster than 2 time world champion Fernando Alonso however Alonso was on slower tyres
After the test Lando Norris said in a McLaren statement “getting used to the car was a bit of a challenge at first but by the end of the day I got very comfortable. I got a lot of laps under my belt and I really enjoyed myself.”
Norris took to twitter and simply said “How insane was that? Thanks McLaren” to which McLaren replied “ Was totally mega, Lando”
The Brit, who currently competes in European F3 certainly has done well and left his mark during the test leaving McLaren team principle to say “Norris impressed us all with his maturity, professionalism and speed.” “his feedback with the engineers has been valuable and accurate”.
So could we see more of Norris soon? Could he appear in some practice sessions this season. He has certainly earned the right to be in the conversation when it comes to getting new drivers in the cars. Are we looking at the next Max Verstappen or future British Formula 1 world champion? Only time will tell.