Today saw the announcement that Lando Norris and McLaren Racing will be extending their partnership.
In a statement released by McLaren, it was confirmed that Lando Norris as agreed a multi-year deal to continue to drive for the British based team.
McLaren Racing is pleased to announce it has extended its relationship with Lando Norris, the team’s current Formula 1 driver, in a multi-year agreement.
The 21-year-old from Somerset, UK, has been part of the McLaren family since early 2017, initially joining as Test and Simulator driver, following championship victories in all but one of the single-seater junior formulae he competed in. Lando became McLaren Test and Reserve driver in 2018, taking part in a number of free practice sessions, before being promoted to a full-time race seat for the 2019 season.
Since his Formula 1 racing debut at the Australian Grand Prix in 2019, Lando has emerged as one of the sport’s most talented and popular drivers, impressing with performances resulting in two podium finishes at the Austrian Grand Prix in 2020, and most recently at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix earlier this season.McLaren Racing announcing the multi year extension to Lando Norris contract
Lando Norris has only raced for McLaren in Formula 1, he was part of the McLaren Young Driver Program from 2017 and was the teams reserve driver for the 2018 season.
In his first full time drive for McLaren in the 2019 season alongside Carlos Sainz, it was clear why McLaren had faith in the young driver, with some impressive performances, finishing 6th in Bahrain and Austria, helpin the team to secure 4th in the Constructors Table.
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 into the next chapter 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.”Andreas Seidl, Team Principle, McLaren Racing
2020 saw Norris make another step forward, with a magnificent 3rd place at the Austrian GP, his first in Formula 1. The consistent performances from both Carlos and Lando helpd to secure a best of the rest 3rd place finish for McLaren in 2020.
A driver change for the 2021 season saw the talented Daniel Ricciardo join the team for the Ferrari bound Carlos Sainz, Lando has again stepped up his progress, he has out performed his race winning teammate in 3 of the 4 races this season, which included third place at the Imola Grand Prix.
“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 Formula 1 grid and we look forward to seeing him continue to go from strength-to-strength both on and off track.”Zak Brown, CEO McLaren Racing
McLaren and Lando Norris are a good fit for each-other, both are progressing in the right way and most importantly at the same time. The addition of the Mercedes Power Unit and Daniel Ricciardo has only added to the progress of one of the most talented young drivers on the grid.
“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’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.”Lando Norris on signing his new multi- year deal with McLaren Racing