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Rising British star Norris set for F1 test after winning McLaren Autosport BRDC Award

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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.”

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”