West Country teenager Lando Norris has followed in Lewis Hamilton’s footsteps by sealing the European Formula Three championship.
Norris, the Bristol-born Glastonbury-based 17-year-old, who is already a member of McLaren’s young driver academy, clinched the title yesterday with two races to spare.
Hamilton, who himself is on the verge of winning his fourth Formula One world championship, won the F3 title back in 2005 before securing a full-time drive with McLaren two years later.
“It’s been a fantastically successful year and a season in which it hopefully takes me closer to realising my Formula One dream,” said Norris after finishing second at Hockenheim to secure the F3 crown.
Norris could now land the role as the British team’s reserve driver in place of Jenson Button next season.
Norris is the first British driver to win the F3 championship since Paul di Resta, who has competed in 59 grands prix, won the title in 2006.