Lando Norris has signed a new multi-year contract with McLaren starting next season after a successful start to his F1 career and the development of his driving skills, the Woking team confirmed ahead of the Monaco GP. Norris made his Formula One debut in 2019 after finishing in 2018 as Formula 2 runner-up behind George Russell, and in the first two seasons, he successfully coped with more experienced team-mate Carlos Sainz and achieved his first F1 podium at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix.
This year, the young British driver is driving better than ever, with his new teammate Daniel Ricciardo, and at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, he achieved the second podium in his F1 career and is in fourth place in the driver rankings.
Norris tested the F1 car for the first time in the summer of 2017 at the Hungaroring and at the end of the season did another day of testing in Abu Dhabi, and in 2018 he did as many as five test days at the tracks in Barcelona, Hungaroring and Abu Dhabi training that season (Belgium, Italy, Russia, Japan, USA, Mexico, and Brazil) after which McLaren decided to hire him for the 2019 F1 season.
“I’m really excited to have extended my relationship with McLaren (2022). After spending almost five years with the team, I feel like part of the family and can’t imagine starting the next phase of my career anywhere else,” Norris said.
"McLaren has been a great support to me since my junior days and I really enjoyed developing as a driver." “My commitment to McLaren is clear and my goal is to win races and become an F1 champion and I want to do that with this team.
Since I joined the team in 2017, our progress has been constant and we have clear common ambitions for the future. ”
Seidl feels happy
Team boss Andreas Seidl says he is happy to have a very talented driver lineup with Norris and Ricciardo.
“He’s an integral part of our recovery plan, and his performance so far, with two podiums in the last year, shows he’s a serious competitor on the track,” Seidl said. "Like him, we have strong ambitions for the future and I am delighted to continue this journey with Lando."
"With Lando and Daniel, we have an extremely talented and exciting driving lineup, and this announcement is a strong signal of commitment to the next chapter of the McLaren team from 2022 onwards."