British driver Lando Norris and McLaren Racing signed a new four-year agreement valid through to the end of 2025; the team confirmed Wednesday.
Ahead of the Formula One 2022 season, the iconic team founded by Bruce McLaren in 1963 bets on continuity in its journey towards a world championship contention.
“Teams are about people, and I love the people and feel at home at McLaren. I have grown up in this team, and I’m part of this journey we’re all on,” Lando Norris said.
In 2017, the Bristol-born first tested the MCL32 for the team in Hungaroring, making an impression within the British squad, which led him to become a member of the McLaren Young Driver Programme.
Later that year, at the age of seventeen, he would capture the European FIA Formula 3 championship in an outstanding campaign that included nine victories and eight pole positions.
In 2018, the rising star became an official Test and Reserve driver for McLaren, earning a full-time seat in 2019, continuing to consolidate himself as one of the most talented young drivers in the grid.
Following professional and personal growth, the 22-year-old rounded up a highly competitive 2021 season in sixth place, earning his first pole position at the Russian Grand Prix - the first for McLaren in F1 since 2012, and four podiums in the process.
Shining bright in his third season at the pinnacle of motorsport, he helped the team finish fourth in the constructor’s championship, scoring 275 points overall alongside teammate Daniel Ricciardo.
“Last season was another great step, both in my career and the team’s performance, and I see and feel all the work, investment, and commitment for the team to be in a position to challenge for wins and titles in the future.”
“This all gives me huge confidence looking forward, so it was a natural decision to extend our relationship for the next few years,” he added.
In 2021, Norris teammate, Australian driver Ricciardo, agreed on a new multi-year deal with the squad to extend his contract - set to conclude by the end of 2022, until at least the end of 2023.
On February 10th, McLaren-Mercedes will pull off its 2022 challenger covers on the verge of a record 23-Grand Prix season, featuring a new set of regulations.
Andreas Seidl, Team Principal, McLaren F1, commented: “The opportunity to extend our relationship with Lando reflects not only our commitment but our belief and confidence in his talent. It is also a strong sign of trust and commitment from Lando, in us, as a team, and our journey to world championship contention.”
“Lando has shown impressive growth as a Formula 1 driver over the past four years and has been an instrumental part of the team’s momentum and performance trajectory.
“We are still on our journey to fight at the front, and Lando is a key element of our plan, so to lock him into place, alongside Daniel and our senior leadership, gives us stability and continuity, as we build towards our ultimate shared goal of world championships.”