With Ricciardo joining McLaren from season 2021, it appears many plans are made around the upcoming Ricciardo-Norris duet that will represent the Woking team in F1. Recently, Zak Brown, the boss of McLaren hinted at the possibility of those two starting in the future in Bathurts 1000, once the Australian driver will join the team.
Brown, beside his position at McLaren, is also a part-owner of the Walkinshaw Andretti United Supercars, supports the idea of the drivers starting with a wildcard in a WAU Holden in the 1000 km touring car race. The fact that will determine their participation is the calendar, as said by Brown, because the Bathurst 1000 and F1 Japanese GP usually take place during the same weekend.
As said by Brown: “I think they’d both love to do it. And I think people now know I’m a little bit different than most of the team bosses in F1, as I like to see our drivers go out and give it a go at Daytona or Le Mans, things of that nature.”
He added: “I think it’ll just come down to schedule and whether they can fit it in the schedule. Bathurst, historically, conflicts with Japan – that's why sometimes I'm there and sometimes I'm not. I’d love to see them do it there.”
Norris recently got some virtual Supercars experience, having participated with a wildcard for three weeks in the Supercars official e-racing series, developed as a replacement and entertainment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ricciardo, on the other hand, has some real-life Supercars experience, after driving a Nissan Altima with Rick Kelly during a promo for Castrol during 2019 Australian GP. Additionally, Zak Brown himself is an owner of the Holden Racing Team Commodore.