Lando Norris will make his Formula 2 debut at the final round of the season in Abu Dhabi for Campos Racing.
McLaren junior Norris has been expected to step up to F2 next season after winning this year’s European Formula 3 title, although he has said that a move to Super Formula in Japan also remains a possibility.
In Abu Dhabi he will race the Campos car recently vacated by Ralph Boschung, with Alex Palou to occupy the second car following his own series debut in Jerez.
The outing in Abu Dhabi will complete a busy couple of weeks for Norris, who takes part in a Formula 1 tyre test with McLaren at Interlagos on Tuesday before travelling to compete in next weekend’s Macau Grand Prix, where he is set to arrive after the first practice session and only shortly before qualifying.
After his debut with Campos, Norris is likely to stay on in Abu Dhabi to take part in the F2 post-season test with other teams.
“Having won the Formula 3 European Championship at my first attempt this year, I will either step up to Formula 2 or Super Formula in 2018 towards my goal of one day racing in Formula 1,” said Norris.
“To get the opportunity to contest the last two races of this year?s F2 season is therefore a bonus whichever category I ultimately chose.
“It?ll be the first time I?ve ever competed in a race that includes a compulsory pit-stop and so this will also be a new experience for me.”
Speaking about Macau, he added: “Having won the Euro F3 title at my first attempt this year, it would be great to go back to Macau and win ? it would be an awesome end to what?s already been an amazing year.
“But it?ll be tough as in addition to the high-class field and the nature of the uncompromising track, I?m missing practice which isn?t ideal but Macau is a race I really want to go back and do with the Carlin guys ? even with that disadvantage.”