NORRIS OUT TO PROVE HE CAN BE STREET-WISE IN MONACO ENCOUNTER
FIA Formula 2 Championship leader Lando Norris is intent on proving that he is street-wise when the British teenager races in Monte Carlo next week (25-26 May). The McLaren F1 Reserve & Test driver pits his skills against the tight and narrow 2.07-mile Monaco street circuit – a demanding venue that brings back mixed memories for the 18-year-old.
On his first and only previous visit to the world-famous Principality in 2016, Norris qualified on pole-position for a Formula Renault EuroCup race but had all his times deleted due to a breach of the technical regulations – an element that had no impact on affecting the car’s performance. The race was staged in torrential rain but Lando, who was forced to start from the back of the grid, had scythed his way past numerous cars before the race was red-flagged after just two racing laps due to the adverse conditions.
The 20-car field is split into two groups for Thursday’s qualifying session, A or B, which is determined in a ballot on Wednesday afternoon – while the 42-lap (87-mile) Feature and 30-lap (62.2-mile) Sprint Races are staged on Friday and Saturday respectively.
Thursday: 0915-1000 Practice; 1320-1336 (A) & 1344-1400 (B) Qualifying.
Friday: 1130-1230 Race 1 (Feature).
Saturday: 1720-1805 Race 2 (Sprint).*Local Monaco times above which are +1hr to UK.