Written by Tanishka Vashee, Edited by- Hazel Alagappan
Lando has been part of the McLaren family since 2017, and has scored two podiums for them. The most recent one being from this year’s Imola Grand Prix.
Turns out, the special livery is not the only good news we’re getting from McLaren before the start of the Monaco race weekend. Lando Norris will be with McLaren at least until the end of 2022.
McLaren released a statement that read “The announcement cements the McLaren driver Line-up, confirming Lando Norris alongside Daniel Ricciardo. The confirmation of its driver pairing beyond 2022 signals McLaren Racing’s commitment to stability for the future and represents a further step in the team’s long-tem plan to compete at the front of the field.”
Team Principal Andreas Siedl stated that “ 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 added that Lando is an integral part of their performance recovery plan and his record so far of securing two podiums with the team show that 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 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. He concluded.
“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.
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 have 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 [constructors’] 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 on being signed again.
CEO Zak Brown too, was all praises for the young Briton and expressed his happiness in the extension of Lando’s contract with the team.
“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 Formula1 grid and we look forward to seeing him continue to go from strength-to-strength both on and off track.” Zak Brown signed off