Rising British racing star Lando Norris will enjoy a Formula 1 test in 2017 after winning the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
Norris, 17, was champion in both the Eurocup and NEC Formula Renault 2.0 series in 2016, as well as picking up the Toyota Racing Series title in the winter.
The youngster is set to move into the FIA F3 European Championship for 2017, a series that has recently helped launch the careers of Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon, both of whom are now racing in Formula 1.
Norris was shortlisted for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award alongside four other rising British racers, before being named as the winner at the Autosport Awards in London last Sunday.
The award sees Norris receive an F1 test with McLaren during the 2017 season, with the previous winner being Will Palmer, younger brother of current grand prix racer Jolyon.
Other names to have won the award include David Coulthard (1989), Dario Franchitti (1992), Jenson Button (1998) and Paul di Resta (2004).
“I’m honestly overwhelmed to win this prestigious prize that caps off an incredibly successful season for me,” Norris said.
“The McLaren prizes can only help me in my quest to ultimately reach Formula 1. It’s now my job to keep working hard and stay focused to achieve this goal.”
BRDC president and former F1 driver Derek Warwick added: “Lando has had an amazing season, especially considering he was only 16-years-old until last month. He was quick in the GT3 and DTM cars but was absolutely stunning in the Formula 2 single-seater.
“He definitely has a great career in front of him. Lando’s a future F1 driver and I believe a future F1 World Champion.”
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel are the two most decorated drivers currently on the Formula 1 grid, with seven World Championships between them (four for Vettel, and three for Hamilton).
However, their paths have rarely crossed on the track, and only in 2010 did both drivers battle each for a World Championship in the same year. They also battled Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber that year, with Vettel emerging on top to claim his first World Championship.
However, the 2017 season sees Hamilton and Vettel in the two best cars on the grid, and they have gone head-to-head multiple times already this year, with each claiming two victories through the first five races. Currently, Vettel leads Hamilton 104-98 in the world championship, and the two men are developing a strong on-track rivalry.
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Sunday is the biggest day of the year in motorsports, starting in the morning with Formula 1’s legendary Monaco Grand Prix.
Then, at Noon ET, it’s the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The final part of the tripleheader of racing is NASCAR’s longest race of the season, the 400-lap, 600-mile Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Newly-named NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductee Ken Squier gives you a great primer for what promises to be a memorable day around the world (see video above).