Helmut Marko admits Red Bull want to sign Lando Norris

Red Bull previously spoke to Lando Norris before he signed his long-term deal with McLaren.

Lando Norris has once again been heavily linked to a potential switch to Red Bull, after the McLaren driver’s manager was spotted talking to Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko ahead of the British Grand Prix.

Norris performed exceptionally well at his home race, as he converted a second place start into a P2 finish.

It marked his sixth career podium and his first in front of his home crowd, who cheered incredibly loudly for the British driver.

The fans roared during the opening laps of the race at the Silverstone International Circuit, as Norris led the first few laps.

Want to work in Formula 1? Browse the latest F1 job vacancies

Norris made an exceptional start and overtook Max Verstappen into Turn 1, before being overtaken a few laps after.

Despite this, the 23-year-old looked very comfortable in second, whilst he also defended his spot brilliantly from Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages.

The McLaren driver was awarded Driver of the Day, ahead of the likes of Verstappen.

Verstappen was once again imperious, with the Dutchman having claimed pole position, the race win and the fastest lap.

Article continues below

On the other side of the Red Bull garage, Sergio Perez could only salvage sixth on Sunday after failing to make Q3 for the fifth race in a row.

As a result, the Mexican’s future with the Austrians is once again being questioned, especially after Marko spoke very highly of Norris.

Whilst recognising that he’s contracted to McLaren until the end of 2025, the Austrian labelled the British driver as the “best of the younger drivers”.

“Lando has a contract with McLaren until 2025, but he is by far the best of the younger drivers,” Marko told Austrian outlet Kleine Zeitung.

Marko went on to reveal that “intensive talks” have been held between Norris’ management and Verstappen’s team, as a result of the two drivers being very close.

READ: Guenther Steiner reveals when Haas will announce 2024 driver line-up

The 80-year-old added: “With his youthful character, he would also be the best fit for Red Bull, and it’s no secret that Max and he are good friends.”

Marko’s comments perhaps mean a move to Red Bull could be on the cards for Norris in 2026, when the new power unit regulations are introduced.

It’s not the first-time that Red Bull have spoken to the Briton, with talks having been held before he announced his long-term deal with McLaren.