Lando Norris signs new McLaren contract after superb start to F1 career

first_img Lando Norris: ‘A lot of swearing goes on generally when I am driving’ Norris, who is still only 19, was first signed by McLaren as a junior driver in 2017. He tested their car that year and while competing in F2 last season was the team’s reserve driver. His performances on promotion to a full race seat have proved his credentials as a potential future starof the sport .“It’s good to see McLaren have faith in me and back up what they’ve said in that I have been doing a good job so far,” he said. “I wasn’t pushing for it. I wasn’t saying I want the deal done by Silverstone. It was out of the blue last week. It doesn’t change too much because I wasn’t thinking about it, or worried about it, but it gives me a bit more confidence.”Norris has out-qualified his more experienced teammate Sainz six to three so far this season and has shown maturity, tenacity and finesse. He has remained optimistic in the face of two mechanical failures, reacted well to playing the team game in Monaco and did not seem at all intimidated by going wheel to wheel with the world champions Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raïkkönen. He has scored two sixth-place finishes – in Bahrain and at the last round in Austria.McLaren’s chief executive, Zak Brown, wanted to ensure there would be stability in the team’s lineup. “Lando is in a good place, so as he gets more successful, and we get more successful, we all win together,” he said. “Given how well Lando and Carlos are doing, it was in our best interest that as silly season ramps up, we have our head down, we know what we’re doing next year, and this announcement is to end speculation or potential activity.”McLaren are in the process of rebuilding after a period of underperformance and are beginning to display some of the form that has returned eight constructors’ and 12 drivers’ championships. They are fourth in the championship, the best of the midfield teams and 20 points in front of fifth-placed Renault. news Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. McLaren Support The Guardian Read more Formula One Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Motor sport Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Lando Norris has had his contract with McLaren extended to continue racing for the team for a further three years.McLaren have shown their confidence that Norris will be central to their efforts to return to the front of the grid by announcing they will retain him before his home race, the British Grand Prix. The team have also extended the contract of his teammate, Carlos Sainz. Share on Facebook Formula One 2019 Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Messenger Topicslast_img

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