Lando Norris is open to spending another “10 or 15 years” at McLaren, with the British driver being keen to claim his first victory in Formula 1 whilst driving for the side he entered the sport with in 2019.
Since making his rookie appearance in 2019, Norris has driven only for McLaren in F1, something which has resulted in a strong bond forming between the pair.
He’s seen the side go through highs and lows as recently as this season, which they started towards the back.
After a disappointing off-season, the Woking-based team entered 2023 really as a backmarker; however, that is no longer the case.
An upgrades package at the Austrian Grand Prix has turned the side’s season around, with them now being regular podium contenders.
In fact, Norris has claimed four podiums in the last seven races, something which he could’ve never imagined in the opening rounds of the year.
Norris has once again led McLaren superbly, making the outfit desperate to retain him beyond his current contract.
His current deal expires at the end of 2025, with team principal Andrea Stella already trying to talk to the British star about an extension.
McLaren want Norris and Oscar Piastri to lead the outfit into the new power unit regulations in 2026, although the 23-year-old has been linked to Red Bull.
Norris and Max Verstappen have both admitted that they’d like to be team-mates, something which is more likely to happen at Red Bull given that the Dutchman has a contract until the end of 2028.
Even Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko has insisted that he can “imagine” Norris racing for the Austrians, as can a lot of members of the paddock.
However, Norris is very much focused on McLaren currently and would be open to signing a new deal, although he’s focused at the moment on getting them to the top over the coming seasons.
“I would love to [talk about a new McLaren deal],” Norris said, as reported by GPFans.com.
“I’ve always said I want to win with McLaren. “I think we’re getting closer and closer to achieving that. And not just to win races, but win championships, both driver and constructor. I want to do it with McLaren. I’m very happy there.
“So, if I was to spend 10 or 15 years there, I’m not going to ever say no. I think that’s something I would look forward to. But I’m very much just concentrated on this year, next year and ’25.
“I think that’s two and a half years to try and progress and we’ll see then. But things [crop up] every now and then but nothing more than that.”