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McLaren picks Carlin for 2018 Formula 2 move

McLaren Formula 1 reserve Lando Norris will graduate to Formula 2 in 2018 with the returning Carlin team, joined by Sergio Sette Camara.

The Formula 3 European champion and 2016 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Norris has been associated with Trevor Carlin's team since it took him to the title in what was then called MSA Formula in '15.

Norris stayed with Carlin for a partial BRDC British Formula 3 campaign in 2016, then won the F3 championship with it at the first attempt this year.

"2018 will be my fourth year racing with Carlin," said 18-year-old Norris, who is making his F2 debut in Abu Dhabi this weekend in a one-off run with Campos.

"Trevor heads up a great operation at Carlin and I feel part of the family there.

"It's a friendly environment and one in which I feel very comfortable.

"Next year will be a steep learning curve in terms of getting used to the increased power, the Pirelli tyres and mandatory pitstops but I feel I'm in the best environment possible to get to grips with all those elements."

Norris will be partnered next season by Spa F2 sprint race winner Sergio Sette Camara, who moves over from MP Motorsport.

"To be signing with Carlin is the best," said the 19-year-old Brazilian.

"They are a top team and I know they will be up there.

"I had previous experience with Carlin in Macau in 2016 and it was amazing to finish third in such an important race with them.

"The environment within the team, with the other drivers, the mechanics, the engineers is just so happy and positive."

Carlin previously competed in F1's feeder series, previously called GP2, from 2011 but quit the championship last year before reclaiming a place on the grid for the series' switch to a new car next season.

"I'm delighted that we're able to announce a fantastic driver line-up on our return to the F1 support paddock," said team owner Carlin.

"With Lando and Sergio we have one of the most exciting young line-ups there is.

"We're extremely proud to be able to continue for the fourth consecutive season our relationship with Lando.

"It's extremely rewarding to continue working with a driver up the FIA ladder."


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