Lando Norris may depart McLaren on the finish of the season with Nico Rosberg hinting that there’s a “switch coming” for the British driver.
Norris is at present within the midst of his fifth F1 season with McLaren and has a contract with the Woking-based staff till the tip of the 2025 marketing campaign.
However, the 23-year-old has been linked with a transfer to Red Bull to accomplice shut pal Max Verstappen – with Norris admitting he would “love the opportunity” to be team-mates with the Dutchman down the road.
Verstappen has echoed Norris’ ideas and Rosberg hinted Norris may depart McLaren on the finish of the season, saying on Sky F1: “Where’s he [Norris] going? Next year already. I hear there’s a switch coming.”
Despite this, Norris has publicly reiterated his dedication to McLaren, particularly following a mid-season revival in the previous couple of months, whereas Verstappen’s present team-mate Sergio Perez has a cope with Red Bull till the tip of 2024.
Verstappen mentioned of the potential link-up with Norris: “We’ll talk about it. But his contract to McLaren [is] for a long time. We’ll see what happens in the future.”
McLaren CEO Zak Brown, nonetheless, is concentrated on a future with Norris firmly on the papaya.
“He loves McLaren, it’s been his family, so there’s no doubt in my mind that his number one choice is to win a world championship with McLaren,” Brown mentioned.
“I think the best thing we do to retain him is to demonstrate to him we’re a team capable of doing that. It’s not a case of wooing him or not wooing him, it’s about giving him a car where he can look himself in the mirror and say ‘I think I can win a world championship with this team’.
“We’ve got our team in place. It’s stable. We have additional talent coming to be additive to what we currently have. We have all the financial resources we need. It’s just going to take a little bit of time so as long as we can show this progress.”
Norris has been on the rostrum eight occasions in his F1 profession, most lately in Hungary in July, however remains to be ready for his first race victory.