Briton Lando Norris is being rewarded for his impressive strides in F1 as well as a strong start to the 2021 season with a fresh contract which will be a multi-year one, ensuring that he will stay at McLaren for 2022 and beyond.
Norris has been part of the McLaren family since 2017 and scored the second podium of his career in Imola earlier this year which allows him to sit fourth in this season’s drivers’ standings. With the Monaco Grand Prix weekend approaching, wherein McLaren will be running a one-off Gulf Oil blue-orange livery, the team has decided to announce a new deal for the 21-year-old driver.
This essentially means that Norris will be with the team until at least the end of 2022, matching new teammate Daniel Ricciardo’s contract, since the Australian had revealed earlier this year that he signed a three-year deal from this season.
McLaren said in a statement that “the confirmation of its driver pairing beyond 2022 signals McLaren Racing’s commitment to stability for the future and represents a further step in the team’s long-term plan to compete at the front of the field”.
Zak Brown, the CEO of McLaren said: “I’m delighted with the extension of our agreement with Lando for 2022 and beyond. He’s 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.
“Lando is one of the brightest talents on the Formula1 grid and we look forward to seeing him continue to go from strength to strength both on and off track.”
Andreas Seidl, team principal stated: “Our decision to confirm Lando’s long-term future at McLaren was very straightforward. Lando has impressed us since his rookie year with his performances, and his evolution as a driver since then has been clear to see.
“He’s an integral part of our performance recovery plan and his record so far, securing two podiums with the team over the past year and has shown he’s a formidable competitor on the track.
“Like him, we have strong ambitions for our future together and I’m pleased we’re continuing this journey for both Lando and the team. In Lando and Daniel, we have a hugely talented and exciting driver line-up, and this announcement is a strong signal of commitment to the next chapter for McLaren from 2022 onwards.
Talking about the extension, Norris added: “I’m really pleased to have extended my relationship with McLaren from 2022. 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. “My commitment to McLaren is clear: my goal is to win races and become Formula 1 World Champion and I want to do that with this team. Since joining in 2017 our progression has been consistent and we have clear ambitions together for the future.
“I want to say thank you to Zak and Andreas for the belief they have shown in me since the beginning, and to the whole team for giving me such a strong environment to continue my career in.
“We’ve already had some incredible moments together which I’ll never forget – two podiums and securing P3 in the [constructors’] championship – and together with Daniel and the rest of the team, I’m looking forward to pushing for even more success in the years to come.”
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