Boullier 'not a fan' of Norris practice runs
13 December 2017 – McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier says that he is "not a fan" of potentially giving Lando Norris practice outings in 2018, but still predicts a "busy life" for the youngster.
Norris, 18, swept to the European Formula 3 title in 2017, taking nine victories and 11 further podiums, and will graduate to Formula 2 next year, sticking with Carlin.
He also joined the McLaren young driver scheme at the start of the year, leading to test runs in Hungary and Abu Dhabi, alongside extensive simulator work.
Next year, Norris will act as McLaren's official reserve driver, taking over from Jenson Button.
Boullier admitted that Norris has been "pushing" for some practice runs in his new role, but feels such a move would be unwise, given the challenge ahead in F2.
"He will spend a lot of time in the simulator and he will have the opportunity to test," Boullier told the official Formula 1 website, when discussing Norris' programme.
"He was also pushing to get some FP1 outings, but I am not a fan of this – but he will still have a busy life!"
Norris was hailed as a "future World Champion" by McLaren Executive Director Zak Brown earlier this year and Boullier underlined the team's belief in the Briton.
"I hope that he will one day drive for McLaren – that's why we took him on board," Boullier made clear.
"But first is F2 – a good sporting challenge for him."
Norris will link up with regular McLaren driver Fernando Alonso next month, as the pair take on the Daytona 24 Hours event with United Autosports.