Williams’ Lance Stroll doesn’t expect the Daytona 24 Hours to be useful preparation for fellow European Formula 3 champion Lando Norris.
Norris will partner McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Phil Hanson in one of the United Autosport team’s Liger prototypes for the January event.
Last year, fresh from securing his own F3 title, Stroll competed in the race, teaming up with Alexander Wurz, Brendon Hartley, and Andry Priaulx to finish fifth overall.
Stroll said the event was great fun, but didn’t think it helped prepare him for his F1 debut two months later.
“It’s a great race and super cool, but I don’t think it’s really useful. I don’t know if it’s beneficial or not,” he told motorsport.com.
“I had a lot of pleasure doing it. It’s a different car, a different everything. I was just in it for the fun of doing it and not much more.”
Norris is expected to compete in Formula 2 next season, a more traditional route to F1 than Pascal Wehrlein’s two seasons in DTM, for example. But Wehrlein’s DTM experience could be more useful than F2, with some claiming the single seater ladder doesn’t properly prepare drivers for F1.
When asked by Autosport about his 2018 plans last month, Norris said:
“We haven’t made a decision yet on which team. The three possibilities are Prema, ART, and DAMs because it depends on what McLaren want me to do: to win the championship or to prepare for what to expect in F1.”