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McLaren prepared to wait for Norris

2nd January 2019, 17:39 by Neil Foster

McLaren CEO Zak Brown insists Lando Norris will be given time to adapt to Formula 1 in his debut season.

Norris has been given the nod to partner Carlos Sainz at the Woking-based marque after impressing in last season's Formula 2 championship.

The 19-year-old finished second and has been rewarded with a seat at McLaren, replacing Stoffel Vandoorne who has made the switch to Formula E.

Fernando Alonso and Vandoorne struggled at McLaren last year and it will be an all-new driver line-up for 2019, but Brown is not expecting the younger of his two drivers to pull up any trees just yet.

"Formula 1 can be a pretty cruel environment," he told The Sun. "We need to manage expectations, not after three races, and pass judgment, which we as a sport are pretty quick to do.

"He will definitely be given time to develop. It is a high-pressure environment and the first thing anyone does in Formula 1 is compare you to your team-mate."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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