It was confirmed today that Lando Norris has agreed on a new multi-year contract with McLaren. The 21-year-old Brit remains at the team he’s been at since his F1 journey began.
Norris became a McLaren junior driver in 2017. A year later the young British star took part in seven practice sessions and his promising showings got rewarded with a drive for the team in 2019 alongside Carlos Sainz.
Over the course of the last three seasons, he’s scored two podiums and fared very well against Carlos Sainz and Daniel Ricciardo. Norris currently sits P4 in the 2021 Drivers’ Championship, a point ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
Long-term stability is a key component to success in Formula 1 and McLaren will have that for the next couple of years as Ricciardo and Norris’ deals run until at least the end of the 2023 season.
His goals for the future are clear: win races and become World Champion.
“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.”
So excited to tell you that I’m staying with McLaren. My goal is to win races and world championships and over the last three years McLaren have shown me that they’re able to build a car for me to do that in. Let’s continue what we started @McLarenF1 🤛 pic.twitter.com/SjGhrfzX73— Lando Norris (@LandoNorris) May 19, 2021
“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 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.''
“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.”