Lando Norris has confirmed that he had talks with Red Bull before signing a new contract with McLaren earlier this year. The Briton is considered one of the best young drivers on the grid and signed new terms in February to keep him at McLaren until the end of the 2025 season.
“Of course there are conversations with other people from time to time,” Norris explained after being asked by Auto Motor und Sport if he spoke to Red Bull before extending his contract with McLaren. “You always ask yourself, ‘what’s best for my career?’”
“After all, I want to win and win world championships. There have been talks with Red Bull. It is a team that has been in the top three for years. But that just shows how much confidence I have in McLaren. Although there were talks, I felt that McLaren was better for me to achieve my goals.
Norris joined McLaren’s junior driver program in 2017 and earned a seat in F1 ahead of the 2019 season. After finishing his year’s season in 11th place, the 22-year-old was ninth in 2020 and impressed in his way to secure sixth place last year. This time around, he is currently seventh in the standings with four races remaining and finished on the podium at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in April.
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“I believe in us,” he added. “We have reached a point where we have a better understanding of what we need to do, what direction we need to take and how we achieve our goals. We also have a better understanding of why we haven’t made as many steps forward as we’d like in the last two years.
“Is it because of our vehicle philosophy? Design? In the wind tunnel? I hope that our new one will help us for 2024 and 2025. I have to believe that my team can do a good job.”
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