Lando Norris’ F1 future has a lot to do with what Fernando Alonso will do with his McLaren seat in 2019 and if he would stay on in the sport altogether.
A lot of F1 fans want Norris to get into the sport as soon as possible, while other want him to stay on as reserve for another year before joining the team as a full time driver from 2020.
With the James Key move from Toro Rosso to McLaren hanging in the balance, it seems like Toro Rosso wants to use Key as leverage to get Norris to Toro Rosso next season.
However, Norris feels that the ideal situation for him would be to stay on as reserve driver, get those kilometres under his belt and then secure his final move into F1 by 2020.
“It’s very difficult to say, especially in the situation where we are now, in which nobody knows what Fernando wants to do next year.” Norris said.
“Being in a Formula 1 would be very good , but, at the same time, staying with McLaren Maybe it would be better to do free practice, to have more opportunities to drive Formula 1.
” If there’s a confirmation that I can have a seat by 2020, maybe it’s a better opportunity , a better situation to be in. But until everyone starts deciding, I do not know what to say,” he added.
Norris is wary of jumping into F1 racing too quickly and then not being able to adjust to it because of the cars and the regulations around the sport.
“I think that in this era of F1 it’s not easy to jump into the car and be fast from the start, there are many things that are hard to get used to,” he said.
“I presume that for many pilots, also for me, it takes time … Doing all those Free 1’s you can learn more about the car , about the team, about the direction they are going in. They would put me in a better position by 2020, but that It’s just a circumstance, there are many things that can happen” he added.