But the 18-year-old is getting his up-close relationship with top McLaren billing Alonso off to an early start this month, by sharing a prototype sports car with the Spaniard at Daytona.
Spain's AS newspaper claims Alonso and Norris were only 3 tenths apart in recent Daytona testing, as the pair prepared for their adventure with McLaren boss Zak Brown's United team.
"It's a good opportunity for me to learn from Fernando. I'd like to try to see what I can learn from him whenever I have the chance," said Norris.
At the same time, the young Briton said he also wants to beat the famous two-time champion.
"Daytona is a team event," he acknowledged, "but of course there is going to be a competition about who will do a better job in the practice and in the race."
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