McLaren trust teenager Norris to embrace challenge and help team up F1 grid | Giles Richards
Norris will become the youngest British driver to compete in F1 and his reassuring maturity will be tested, given team’s plight
When Lando Norris takes to the grid for the Australian Grand Prix next season he will, at 19, become the youngest British driver to compete in Formula One. It is a daunting enough prospect and one that is accompanied by a level of pressure, expectation and scrutiny that would weigh heavily on the most experienced drivers. Norris will take to the wheel of a McLaren as the team try to put a disastrous season behind them and begin the process of returning to the front of the grid.
Having endured a woeful year with a car that was fundamentally flawed and their sixth without a win, it proved too much for Fernando Alonso who called time on his F1 career. There is absolutely no doubt at McLaren just how painful it has been as the team’s chief executive officer, Zak Brown, admitted. “This has obviously been a difficult season,” he said. “We’re all glad it’s over. It is not one we will look back on with fond memories.”
Source: Formula 1