Norris not up-for-grabs, insist McLaren

McLaren executive director Zak Brown has said the team are not interested in allowing Lando Norris get Formula 1 experience with another team first and is their “star of the future”.

Norris extended his F3 European Championship lead to 73 points at the Nurburgring over the weekend and was recently earmarked as Fernando Alonso’s replacement at McLaren.

After also impressing at the in-season test Hungary, there is an eagerness to see Norris make the step up to Formula 1 already, but Brown has said he will only get his chance with McLaren and not another team.

“No team has made a request so far, and our current plan is to let him compete in Formula 2,” Brown told Speed Week.

“He’s definitely our star of the future, so I do not think we’re giving him to another team.

“I am convinced that he is fast enough to compete in Formula 1 now, but we also have to ensure it’s not too soon for him and he gets enough experience.”

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