Lando Norris returns to FIA Formula 2 Championship action next weekend (28-29 Jul) aiming for further podiums in the 15th and 16th rounds of the 24-race series at the Hungaroring near Budapest.
The 18-year-old McLaren F1 test and reserve driver lies second in the Driver’s standings, 37-points adrift of the leader, Norris having led the title fight until after the 12th race.
Lando, who attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed and German Grand Prix for McLaren over the past two weekends, has failed to score points on only two occasions so far this season, recording 11 top-six finishes including six podium placings.
The BRDC SuperStar, who conducted “start” practice following the latest clutch modifications instrumented by the series organisers at Rockingham last Thursday (19 Jul), has raced on the 2.72-mile track previously in Formula Renault (2016) and Formula Three (2017). Last year, Lando clocked up almost 250-miles (91 laps) at the venue driving a McLaren-Honda MCL32 having won the prestigious McLaren Autosport British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Award in December 2016. He is due to test McLaren’s current Renault-engined MCL33 in Hungary after the Grand Prix – having sampled the car already at a two-day test in Barcelona (15-16 May).
“The Hungaroring is one of my favourite tracks. I’m hoping that the races in Hungary, and for the rest of the season for that matter, will be more like my last race at Silverstone. That was just a ‘normal’ race and how most of this season’s races should have been for me. There’s always been the potential but things haven’t always gone according to plan. It’s a high-speed track with long, flowing corners and that combined with the likely high temperatures, will make tyre management important. It’s pretty physical and I’m expecting it to be quite tough. I won there in Formula Renault and did my first F1 test there last year so have good memories.”
Friday: 1255-1340 Practice; 1655-1725 Qualifying.
Saturday: 1645-1750 Race 1 (Feature).
Sunday: 1120-1210 Race 2 (Sprint).
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