Lando Norris signs new McLaren Formula 1 contract for multi-year term after flying start to 2021

Lando Norris has signed a new multi-year deal to continue racing for McLaren.

The 21-year-old Briton has made a flying start to his third season of F1 at the team and is fourth in the Drivers’ Championship after the opening rounds.

Norris, who joined McLaren’s young driver programme in 2017, claimed his second career podium at Imola last month – and is confident greater success can be achieved in the future as the former champions plot their way back to the front.

“I’m really pleased to have extended my relationship with McLaren from 2022,” said Norris.

“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 and I want to do that with this team. Since joining in 2017 our progression has been consistent and we have clear ambitions together for the future.

So excited to tell you that I’m staying with McLaren. My goal is to win races and world championships and over the last three years McLaren have shown me that they’re able to build a car for me to do that in. Let’s continue what we started @McLarenF1 🤛 pic.twitter.com/SjGhrfzX73

“I want to say thank you to Zak [Brown] and Andreas [Seidl] for the belief they’ve 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 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.”

New team-mate Daniel Ricciardo is in the first year of his own multi-year deal, meaning McLaren’s driver line-up is settled for the foreseeable future as the former world champions aim to continue closing down the gap to the top two teams after finishing third in the standings in 2020.

McLaren hold third again his season with two-car points finishes in all four races so far.

What Lando’s bosses say about the new deal

Zak Brown, McLaren chief executive: “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 Formula 1 grid and we look forward to seeing him continue to go from strength to strength both on and off track.”

Andreas Seidl, McLaren team principal: “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’s an integral part of our performance recovery plan and his record so far, securing two podiums with the team over the past year, has shown 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.”

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