Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren, expresses a lack of significant worry about the potential departure of Lando Norris after 2025.
In the previous year, the 23-year-old driver signed a reported $100 million contract, committing to McLaren until 2025, and it is believed that the agreement contains no exit clause.
Norris’s decision to stay with the Woking-based team has already proven beneficial, with his impressive performances behind the wheel of the rapidly improving 2023 McLaren and his integral role within the team.
“Lando is definitely evolving towards more of a leading position,” noted team boss Andrea Stella. “Not a leading position as the leading driver, but just drivers that kind of try to pull the team, just not only being on the receiving end of it.”
However, Norris’s consistent brilliance in Formula 1 has led to speculation about his potential move to other teams, including the dominant Red Bull.
Regarding Norris’s future, McLaren CEO Zak Brown commented, “As long as we can give him a good car, he loves the McLaren environment, he loves the team, and that’s part of this journey we’re on.”
He further emphasized the team’s recent progress and the importance of continuing on the same trajectory to retain Norris’s commitment.
“It’s clear that we’ve all been a bit frustrated since the start of the season,” Brown stated, as quoted by Italy’s Autosprint. “But now we’re coming off two second places, he qualified fifth, second, and third. I think as long as we can continue on this path, he will stay with us.”