WOKING, England (AP) British teenager Lando Norris will drive for Formula 1 team McLaren next year in place of Stoffel Vandoorne.
McLaren says it has signed the 18-year-old Norris to a “multi-year” deal.
Norris has been the team’s reserve driver and has taken part in practice sessions at the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix.
Norris said, “although I’ve been part of the team for a while now, this is a special moment, one I could only hope would become reality.”
Norris, who is currently second in standings in the Formula 2 feeder series, will partner with Carlos Sainz Jr. The 24-year-old Sainz Jr. was announced last month as the replacement for Fernando Alonso, who is leaving F1 at the end of the season.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has taken pole position for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
It’s the second career pole for the Dutch driver, who beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by just 0.123 seconds.
Verstappen’s first pole was earlier this season at the Hungarian GP in August.
Six-time champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes will start from third position. The 2018 winner at Interlagos finished 0.191 seconds back.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Alexander Albon finished in fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
Hamilton was fastest in final practice earlier Saturday, 0.026 quicker than Verstappen.
The Brazilian GP on Sunday is the penultimate race of the season. Hamilton secured the season title, his sixth, in the previous race in the U.S.