Norris to be named as McLaren reserve


Lando Norris is expected to be named as McLaren’s official third driver for next year’s championship, replacing Jenson Button.

Although just 17 years of age, the 2017 European Formula 3 Champion was linked to Button’s role after impressing McLaren during the post-Hungarian test.

This led to racing director Eric Boullier acknowledging that the Brit “could” replace Button come 2018.

According to Press Association, it is a done deal.

PA is reporting that Norris will be confirmed by McLaren at the Brazilian Grand Prix before taking part in a two-day Pirelli test in the McLaren MCL32.

McLaren are remaining hush on the pending announcement.

A spokesperson for the team told PA Sport: “The team is not in a position to confirm anything at this time.”