McLaren's decision to promote Lando Norris to a Formula 1 race seat in 2019 seems an obvious one. At the beginning of last season, he seemed to be building the career momentum of a juggernaut.
Having won the European Formula 3 Championship, Formula Renault Eurocup and what felt like every other junior single-seater series possible before that, Norris was on the path to stardom. He had graduated into Formula 2, won its first race in Bahrain, and from then on a seat in F1 seemed inevitable.
But Norris wasn't the only F2 driver McLaren signed in 2018, as his Carlin team-mate Sergio Sette Camara joined the F1 team's ranks as test and development driver.