McLaren has agreed a new deal with Lando Norris which will keep the 22-year-old at the team until at least 2025.McLaren took up a contract option to sign a multi-year commitment with the driver.
Norris will start his fourth season in Formula 1 as a McLaren driver this year. He joined the team in 2017 and spent two seasons as their test and reserve driver before graduating to a race seat.
“I love the people and feel at home at McLaren,” said Norris. “I have grown up in this team and I’m part of this journey we’re all on.”
Norris enjoyed his most successful season to date in 2021. He podium finishes at Imola, Monaco (on the weekend his last deal was announced), Austria and Italy, the latter following team mate Daniel Ricciardo home as McLaren ended a nine-year wait for a victory.
He also took his first pole position, at Sochi Autodrom, and came close to winning the race. Norris was leading the race with three laps to go when he was caught out by a late rain showed, pitted too late to change tyres, and spun off.
He called his last season “another great step, both in my career and the team’s performance.”
“I see and feel all the work, investment, and commitment for the team to be in a position to challenge for wins and titles in the future,” he added. “This all gives me huge confidence looking forward, so
it was a natural decision to extend our relationship for the next few years.”
McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl said the decision to extend Norris’ contract again so soon was a reflection of “not only our commitment but our belief and confidence in his talent.”
“It is also a strong sign of trust and commitment from Lando in us as a team and our journey to world championship contention,” he continued.
“Lando has shown impressive growth as a Formula 1 driver over the past four years and has been an instrumental part of the team’s momentum and performance trajectory. We are still on our journey to fight at the front and Lando is a key element of our plan, so to lock him into place, alongside Daniel and our senior leadership, gives us stability and continuity as we build towards our ultimate shared
goal of world championships.”
McLaren is due to present its new car for the 2022 F1 season, the MCL36, on Friday.
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