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Norris earns Belgian Grand Prix FP1 outing

Belgian Grand Prix – McLaren junior driver Lando Norris will make his free practice debut at this weekend’s race at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

Having already participated in in-season test sessions, the Briton will make his first appearance in an official grand prix weekend when he drives Fernnado Alonso’s MCL33 during the opening free practice session.

“This weekend will be the first time that our reserve driver Lando will drive the MCL33 during a race weekend, as he steps into Fernando’s car for FP1 on Friday,” confirmed De Ferran.

“This is not only part of his ongoing development, but also the evaluation and performance evolution of the car. We’ll be taking a strategic view race-by-race at where else this might be beneficial for us over the coming grands prix.”

With current driver Fernando Alonso sitting out the 2019 season and being replaced by Carlos Sainz, McLaren have one seat available for next year.

Their current driver Stoffel Vandoorne has endured a difficult season where he has struggled to match Alonso, and finds himself at risk of losing his drive for next season.

Norris, their current development driver, is linked to the second seat at the Woking team, and will continue to be assessed in Belgium.

Currently racing for Carlin in Formula Two, Norris has one win, one pole position and six additional podiums in his first full season in the championship. He’s currently second to fellow Briton George Russell.

His successes in his junior career include taking the MSA Formula Championship (2015), the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2016), Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2016), Toyota Racing Series (2016) and the European Formula Three Championship (2017).

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