Formula 1

Norris commits to long-term McLaren F1 contract

by Scott Mitchell-Malm
2 min read

Lando Norris has signed a new multi-year contract with McLaren for an undisclosed duration that the Formula 1 team says keeps him committed for the “long-term”.

Norris has raced only for McLaren in F1 since making his debut with the team in 2019 and signed a four-year deal in early 2022 that ran until the end of 2025.

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McLaren’s drop in form in 2022 and poor start to 2023 raised serious questions over whether Norris would want to fulfil that obligation, let alone sign a new deal.

Under the leadership of Andrea Stella, though, McLaren enjoyed an in-season renaissance that was almost unprecedented in modern F1 - and 2023 became Norris’s best season in F1 to date.

He scored seven podium finishes - six of them for finishing second - and finished sixth in the championship, despite only scoring 12 points in the first eight races of the season. That helped McLaren secure fourth in the constructors' championship.

Locking down Norris was considered a key part of McLaren’s long-term plan for fighting for the world championship again, with McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown crediting him with a “fundamental role” in McLaren’s turnaround.

Norris said the team made an “incredible” effort last year and has backed McLaren, which he said is “like family to me”, to challenge for wins.

The contract renewal means McLaren will keep the same highly rated driver line-up of Norris and Oscar Piastri until at least the end of 2026, having secured Piastri on a new long-term deal during his rookie season last year.

“Lando has grown as a driver and a person since initially joining McLaren in 2017,” said Stella.

“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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