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BREAKING: McLaren and Lando Norris announce new extended contract

Lando Norris has been with McLaren since his rookie season in 2019, and he isn't leaving anytime soon

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McLaren’s recently announced contract with Lando Norris sees him staying with the team beyond the 2025 season.

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McLaren’s Lando Norris (Image Credit: McLaren F1)

On the signing, Norris commented: “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.”

Norris’ journey with McLaren in Formula 1 began back in 2019 when he joined them for his rookie season. In early 2022, after three seasons with the team, he signed on for four more seasons. This contract guaranteed him staying with the team until the end of 2025.

While there is hardly any rush to get a contract pinned down, McLaren and Norris are content enough with the partnership and have enough faith in their future together that ahead of the 2024 season Norris has agreed to stay with the team beyond 2025.

Last season, Norris finished sixth in the Driver’s Championship, taking seven podiums and giving him his highest-scoring year in Formula 1 to date.

Quotes from the team

While it’s good news for Norris to have such a successful team so interested in keeping him, McLaren is equally happy with their side of the deal, their CEO Zak Brown saying: “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.

McLaren Team Principal Andrea Stella also commented: “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.”

“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.”

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