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McLaren set to promote driver from within to replace Jenson Button

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Teenager Lando Norris has been promoted to McLaren's reserve driver for the start of the next Formula One season.

The 17-year-old, who celebrates his 18th birthday a week on Monday, won the European Formula Three championship last month, a victory which emulated Lewis Hamilton's former success on the junior circuit.

Norris, a native of Bristol, has flourished in Formula Three, and the Daily Mail have reported that the driving sensation will be installed as the back-up reserve driver for the British brand.

Norris was signed up to compete in McLaren's driving academy back in February, but has been fast-tracked following his success, with the team likely to announce his future position in the Brazilian Grand Prix in a fortnight.

Norris will replace Jenson Button, who is unlikely to return to Formula One following on from his sabbatical in the 2017 season.

The youngster, who has been tipped for future glory in the Motorsport world, has recently drawn comparisons to fellow Brit Hamilton, who won the Formula Three Championship back in 2005, prior to joining the Formula One ranks.

Hamilton, of course, won his fourth Drivers' Championship title in Mexico last month. 

And, Norris had admitted that he looks up to Hamilton as an idol, as he looks to make his own mark.

"I kind of look up to Lewis, not as a hero, but as a very good driver who is very fast," Norris said last month.

"Everyone has to admire his pace, especially in qualifying. He is a driver I support, in terms of him being British, and I want him to win, but he isn't an idol to me.

"The only thing I can do is go off my results that I have had in the past. There haven't been many who have won the F3 championship - and the ones that have, have gone on to drive in Formula One - so I just hope that tradition continues."

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