Lando Norris signs “multi-year” F1 contract extension with McLaren

Lando Norris has signed a new “multi-year” contract extension with McLaren that will run to at least the 2023 Formula 1 season.
Lando Norris (GBR) McLaren.
Lando Norris (GBR) McLaren.

The 21-year-old Briton has been rewarded for his outstanding start to the 2021 season, with Norris currently sitting fourth in the drivers’ championship.

Norris, who made his F1 debut with McLaren in 2019, claimed his second career podium at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola, finishing third behind Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

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On the eve of this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, it was announced that Norris has committed his future to McLaren as part of a new deal the Woking squad says “cements the McLaren driver line-up for the coming years” with Daniel Ricciardo also signed to a long-term contract.

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“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,” Norris said. “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’ve 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 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.”

McLaren CEO Zak Brown described Norris as “one of the brightest talents on the F1 grid”.

“I’m delighted with the extension of our agreement with Lando for 2022 and beyond,” he said.

“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 Formula 1 grid and we look forward to seeing him continue to go from strength-to-strength both on and off track.”

Team principal Andreas Seidl added: “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, 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.”

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