McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl explained the logic behind the new long-term deal with the young Briton.
During the 2021 season, McLaren and Norris had agreed on a multi-year deal which saw Norris stay with the Woking-based team until the end of 2023.
McLaren CEO Zak Brown said:
“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″.
Prior to the 2022 campaign, a fresh long-term contract was signed between Norris and McLaren to continue its partnership till 2025 along with a substantial pay rise for Lando.
With the earlier deal not even near its expiry date, Seidl was asked about the rationale behind the new deal.
New McLaren-Norris deal due to ‘vested interest’
Seidl responded that the new deal was a result of common interest between both the parties to continue the partnership and denied that it was due to other teams trying to poach Norris.
“It wasn’t a matter of someone knocking,”
“We have already been able to celebrate many successes together and Lando has made an extremely positive development from rookie to one of the top drivers in the paddock. So it’s clear we as a team have a vested interest in keeping him with us for as long as possible. And fortunately, Lando saw it that way too”.
Lando Norris has been in terrific form in the past two seasons. His 2021 season was his best to date which saw him bag 4 podiums and nabs his maiden pole position in Formula 1.
Norris continues to shine in the current campaign scoring 64 points out of 81 scored by McLaren.
According to Seidl, Lando still has a long way to go to become a complete racing driver.
“You have to remember, when you’re in your fourth year in Formula 1 you’re still learning a lot,” said Seidl. “That’s still a point that makes me feel more confident going forward, thinking about what we can achieve together with Lando. He’s still a long way from being a complete race car driver”.
Seidl is confident that the upward trajectory of the team and the growth of Norris as a driver will pay dividends in the future.
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