McLaren boss speaks out on Lando Norris’ future amid Red Bull interest

Lando Norris has driven for McLaren his entire F1 career (Photo: Getty)

McLaren CEO Zak Brown is ‘confident’ Lando Norris will remain with the Formula One team long-term amid interest from Red Bull.

Following a terrific 2023, in which he finished sixth in the standings, claiming seven podiums, Norris cemented his place as one of the best drivers on the grid.

At just 24-years-old, many have tipped him to have a long and successful career in the sport, though where he will be racing remains a mystery.

Since his debut in 2019, Norris has only ever driven for McLaren and is under contract at the Woking-based team until the end of 2025.

If reports are to be believed however, he is one of the top names on Red Bull’s shortlist to replace Sergio Perez who is expected to leave the champions when his deal expires at the end of this year.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has previously said that his team had made contact with Norris in the past, while he’s also a good friend of Max Verstappen who recently hinted that he’d like to be teammates with the Brit.

Norris has stated his intention to remain with the team who got him into F1 and hopes to win races and even championships with them, but should they fail to provide a car that can do that he may be forced to look elsewhere.

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McLaren are the first team to unveil their 2024 livery (Photo: Twitter)

On Tuesday, McLaren became the first team to launch their livery for the 2024 – a striking papaya and black theme – and at the unveiling, Brown was asked about the chances of Red Bull making a move for Norris.

He replied, as quoted by Motorsport.com: ‘I have a belief, that whether its employees, drivers, sponsors – that’s our job to take care of them and for them to want to be at McLaren.

‘So, I tend to focus on making sure that McLaren is the best place environment and people want to be with us. Because you ultimately can’t control external approaches to those various people.

‘So, no, I’m very confident the relationship that we have with Lando [remains strong]. I know he’s very excited for this year and was very impressed with what he saw in the second half of last year.

‘He loves working with Andrea [Stella, team principal] and everyone on the team. So, all we need to keep doing is giving him the environment he wants to be in.

‘And then I’m confident he’ll stick around, as opposed to trying to kind of sell against the competition. That’s never been my way.’

Speaking at the livery launch, Norris, who is yet to win an F1 race, said: ‘I’m looking forward to the new season ahead, it will be my sixth in Formula 1 and I’m hoping to carry the momentum we gained as a team at the end of last season to hit the ground running in Bahrain.

‘The new livery looks great with the inclusion of segments from last year’s enhancements, I’m sure the fans will love it as much as me. 

‘Everyone at the factory has worked incredibly hard in the off season, and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the 2024 car to challenge our competitors towards the front of the grid.’


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