Norris: F2 'more likely option' for 2018
22 August 2017 – McLaren protégé Lando Norris says a move into Formula 2 is his "more likely option" for 2018, though has stressed that his focus remains on clinching the Formula 3 title in his rookie campaign.
Norris, 17, stepped up to European Formula 3 with Carlin this year, having taken titles in Formula Renault 2.0 and the Toyota Racing Series last season.
So far, the Briton has claimed seven victories to open up an 11-point advantage in the championship over Prema rival Maximilian Günther.
Norris recently conducted his first official Formula 1 test at the Hungaroring with McLaren and impressed observers, and is now eyeing a move into Formula 2 for 2018.
"I think if I win this is probably what I'm going to do," Norris explained to GPUpdate.net, when asked if Formula 2 was on his radar for 2018.
"It's that or Super Formula... we haven't decided to just go down the F2 route yet, it also depends on what McLaren want, and if I win this [Formula 3].
"And as soon as it's more realistic that I'm going to be winning this, or after the last race, straight away we'll talk more about what we want to do next year.
"A lot depends on this season, if I don't do well... unlikely, but it might be another year of F3.
"They put Stoffel [Vandoorne] in Super Formula, so it could be Super Formula, but it's definitely more between Super Formula and F2, and I think F2 is the more likely option."
When it was put to Norris that his outing in the MCL32 had captured the attention of the Formula 1 paddock, he replied: "All my concentration is just on Formula 3.
"I'm just concentrating on what I need to concentrate on basically, I'm not always thinking, 'I need to do this, be in F1 next year,' or, 'this and be in F1 in two years', or something.
"The best thing I can do is win, so that's all I need to concentrate on.
"It's going in the right direction, but I think the aim is to be two to three years [in Formula 1]. I'm probably not going to be Formula 1 next year, unless something suddenly appears."
A full interview with Norris will be published on Wednesday