The Bristol-born driver made his F1 debut with the team in 2019, having achieved two podium finishes since
By Yuri Coghe
Lando Norris has signed a multi-year contract extension with McLaren, the team has announced on Wednesday.
The Bristol-born driver made his F1 debut with the team in 2019, having competed in 42 races and achieved two podium finishes since. He is considered one of the most promising young talents in the series.
Norris’s history with McLaren started in early 2017, when he joined as a test and simulator driver, becoming a test and reserve driver a year later. The news further solidifies the commitment of the current McLaren driving duo, as Daniel Ricciardo is also signed on a long-term deal. The length of their contracts is not disclosed by the team.
“My commitment to McLaren is clear: my goal is to win races and become a Formula 1 world champion and I want to do that with this team,” said Norris in a press release. “Since joining in 2017 our progression has been consistent and we have clear ambitions together for the future.”
The Briton has been in great form in the 2021 season so far, enjoying a podium-finish in the season opener, the Bahrain Grand Prix. He’s fourth in the drivers’ championship with 41 points.
“Having been with the team for almost five years, I feel very much part of the family here and I couldn’t imagine starting the next phase of my career anywhere else. McLaren has been a huge support since my days in junior series and I’ve really enjoyed learning and developing as a driver since.”
The driver took to social media to further comment on the announcement, continuing to make his goals clear. “Over the last three years, McLaren have shown me that they’re able to build a car for me to (win races and world championships) in. Let’s continue what we started.”
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“Norris has been instrumental in our return of form here at McLaren and we’re proud of the growth he’s shown since he first started with us back in 2017,” said McLaren CEO Zak Brown in a statement. “Lando is one of the brightest talents on the Formula 1 grid and we look forward to seeing him continue to go from strength to strength both on and off track.”
McLaren has been in the grid since 1970 and occupies the third position in the list of F1 teams with the most constructors’ championships, with eight titles. Only Ferrari and Williams have collected more, with 16 and nine honours, respectively.
“Our decision to confirm Lando’s long-term future at McLaren was very straightforward,” said team principal Andreas Seidl in a statement. “Lando has impressed us since his rookie year with his performances, and his evolution as a driver since then has been clear to see.”
“Like him, we have strong ambitions for our future together and I’m pleased we’re continuing this journey into the next chapter for both Lando and the team.”