McLaren to give teen starlet Lando Norris time to prove his F1 credentials

The Glastonbury starlet, 19, has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the racing ranks and been promoted to the McLaren F1 team next season.

He will partner Carlos Sainz, making it eight different F1 drivers for the team in as many years.

Stoffel Vandoorne, Kevin Magnussen and Sergio Perez have all been shown the door.

But McLaren chief Zak Brown insists Norris will be given time to adjust having made the step up from the feeder series, Formula Two.

He said: “Formula One can be a pretty cruel environment. We need to manage expectations, not after three races, and pass judgment, which we as a sport are pretty quick to do.

“Lando is clearly extremely talented. We have seen him in our race car a good amount now so we need to nurture him, manage expectations and give him the equipment to show his talent. He will definitely be given time to develop.

“It is a high-pressure environment and the first thing anyone does in Formula One is compare you to your team-mate.

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“We know Carlos is an extremely quick and experienced driver so Lando’s first measure will be against him.

“We expect them to race each other hard, cleanly and, for sure, they need to get the measure of each other from time to time.”

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