Norris revels in 'special' F3 title triumph
14 October 2017 – New European Formula 3 Champion Lando Norris revelled in a "special" title triumph, after securing the crown in the opening race of the season finale at Hockenheim.
Norris headed into the trio of races with a 72-point advantage, meaning he needed to score just three points, even if Maximilian Günther went on to claim victory.
Norris ultimately finished second to Motopark rival Joel Eriksson, with Günther rounding out the top 10, a result which ensured the Briton clinched the title.
"I'm so pleased to be the European Formula 3 Champion and to have had Max pushing me all the way throughout the season," said Norris.
"I really had to work for it and it feels special.
"Carlin has done a fantastic job all season – I've had a fast and competitive car since the first round so my thanks to Trevor and the whole team."
Norris, who joined McLaren's young driver scheme earlier this year, believes that his title triumph has brought him closer to his "dream" of competing in Formula 1.
Norris, 17, sampled McLaren's MCL32 during in-season testing at the Hungaroring in August and impressed observers with his pace and attitude.
"It's been a fantastically successful year and a season in which it hopefully takes me closer to realising my [Formula 1] dream," said Norris.
"I'm loving my role as a McLaren Young Driver, spending time in the simulator at the McLaren Technology Centre and attending some Grands Prix with the team.
"Winning this [F3] title can only help me become a F1 driver."