How can McLaren keep hold of Norris?
Lando Norris is no longer the young cheeky-chappy at McLaren; he’s now the established ace. And F1's big guns will come calling if the team can’t give him a competitive car. Here's what the team needs to do to retain its prize asset
If a scriptwriter was ever tasked with distilling the Formula 1 career of Lando Norris into a conventional story arc, this year and last would surely dominate and drive Act Two. It feels that now is the point in the plot where the lead protagonist begins to acknowledge an internal conflict and must soon make some life-altering decisions. In the case of the Brit, the main issue that needs resolving is this: for how long should he remain at McLaren?
This is the team that gave Norris a promotion to the top flight for 2019 and has provided him with the platform and support required to refine his world-class talent ever since. So much so that he is now rightly considered among the championship elite. By way of a mutual show of faith and thanks, in the second of two quickfire extensions, Norris signed a new deal 11 months ago that will provisionally keep him at Woking until the end of 2025. But that expiry date will come round soon enough.
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