Lando Norris will be driving for McLaren for the foreseeable future after they confirmed a multi-year deal that is sure to keep the 24-year-old Briton at Woking until well beyond 2025.
This comes hot on the heels of Ferrari announcing a similar deal with their star Charles Leclerc and puts to bed any chance of Norris joining Red Bull to partner Max Verstappen, as some media outlets suggested during the course of last year.
Norris said in a statement released by McLaren: “It’s a great feeling to be staying in papaya. I’ve grown up with McLaren and feel at home here, the team are like family to me. The journey so far has been exciting, we’ve had ups and downs, but last season showed our desire to get back to competing at the front of the grid.
“The work Zak, Andrea and the whole team have put in over the last year has been incredible and I’m confident in challenging for wins with McLaren. I’m excited to create more amazing memories and continue working hard with everyone at MTC for the next few years,” added Norris.
Brown: It’s been a fantastic journey over the last six years
Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren commented: “I’m delighted that we’re continuing our relationship with Lando for multiple years to come. It’s been a fantastic journey over the last six years, and he has shown fantastic commitment and desire to push the team forward and get McLaren back to the front of the grid.
“Last season we saw the fundamental role Lando played with the impressive turnaround in results and I’m looking forward to continuing this push forward together with lots more podiums.”
Word echoed by Team Principal Andrea Stella, “I’m pleased to confirm the extension of our partnership with Lando on a multi-year contract beyond 2025. This reflects the commitment and confidence we have together, with our shared ambition to ultimately win championships again in the future.
“Lando has grown as a driver and a person since initially joining McLaren in 2017. He impressed last season, playing an important role in our progress throughout the year, securing seven podiums with many fantastic drives.
“Alongside Oscar, our exciting driver pairing will play an instrumental part in our objective to move towards the front of the grid. They have impressed in their first season together and I’m looking forward to continuing the hard work with them both on this exciting journey,” added the McLaren F1 boss.
The statement added: The McLaren Formula 1 Team announced the signing of an extended multi-year contract with Lando Norris, continuing his time in Papaya and securing his services for the team long-term.
The British driver most recently committed to a new four-year agreement in February 2022 which saw him sign until the end of 2025. The latest renewal will see Lando remain with the team beyond the 2025 season, building on his strong six-year relationship with McLaren Racing.
Lando enjoyed his most fruitful season to date in 2023, scoring 205 points as he finished sixth in the FIA Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship.
Norris, who recently surpassed 100 Grand Prix starts in Formula 1, recorded six second-place finishes in total last season, including a standout drive in the British Grand Prix where he became the first McLaren driver to finish on the podium at Silverstone since 2010. Lando also picked up a third-place finish in the Qatar GP as well as two sprint race podiums.
McLaren has a track record in developing new talent to compete at the very top of motorsport. Consistent support of young talented drivers remains a core value of the team and with Oscar Piastri’s contract extension announced in September 2023, McLaren’s Formula 1 team line-up of Lando and Oscar is confirmed until at least the end of 2026.
Norris and Piastri are arguably one of the most exciting driver line-ups on the F1 grid
The exciting pair impressed in their maiden season as teammates, securing back-to-back double podiums with silverware in Japan and Qatar. The team finished the year with 302 points as McLaren climbed to fourth in the FIA Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship.
The significant capital investments into infrastructure, such as a new wind tunnel and a new generation simulator at the McLaren Technology Centre as well as the opening of the McLaren Racing Composites facility, all represent the team’s objective to be competing at the front of the grid.
Additionally, the recruitment of exciting new hires adds to the existing talent within the team, setting the foundations for long-term success through high-performance car competitiveness and team operations.
Having spent his entire Formula 1 career with McLaren, Lando’s commitment and experience will play a vital role in the team’s ambitions going forward as they look to build on the strong momentum gained from the second half of last season.