British teenager Lando Norris will race for McLaren in F1 2019 in place of Stoffel Vandoorne.
Norris partners Carlos Sainz in an all-new McLaren line-up with the 18-year-old currently in contention for the F2 title.
Norris’ promotion from his reserve and test role at McLaren was confirmed just an hour after Vandoorne’s departure was announced. He has been handed a multi-year deal.
“We believe Lando is an exciting talent, full of potential, who we’ve very deliberately kept within the McLaren fold for exactly that reason,” said Zak Brown.
Norris said: “To be announced as a race driver for McLaren is a dream come true. Although I’ve been part of the team for a while now, this is a special moment, one I could only hope would become reality.”
McLaren become the third team after Mercedes and Red Bull to confirm their full 2019 line-up.