Lando Norris responds to joining Red Bull

Lando Norris has been linked with a move to Red Bull in 2026, when his McLaren deal expires.

Lando Norris comically smiled in a recent interview with DAZN when asked if he’d be move to Red Bull if offered a seat, to partner Max Verstappen.

Norris and Verstappen are known to be good friends and have previously admitted that they’d like to be team-mates in the future.

The duo were the leading drivers last weekend at the Brazilian Grand Prix, with Norris having been forced to settle for second behind the three-time World Champion.

Verstappen and Norris were comfortably clear of the rest of the field, leaving the McLaren driver hopeful that he could possibly challenge the Dutchman for the championship next season.

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“Maybe,” Norris said after finishing second, as reported by

“I’ve just been just saying to Max, since we bought this upgrade to Austria, I’ve been the second highest scoring driver on the grid.”

Norris spoke about the Dutchman ahead of Sunday’s race and was asked whether the Red Bull star is his “perfect team-mate”.

Interestingly, whilst the 23-year-old “would love” to be alongside Verstappen in the future, he’d also like the chance to be alongside Lewis Hamilton.

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Norris believes it’d “be incredible” to partner the seven-time World Champion, as well as Fernando Alonso.

“I would love to be Max’s teammate one day,” Norris admitted to Spanish broadcaster DAZN. “But perfect teammate? Lewis Hamilton would also be incredible, Fernando Alonso would be exciting, Carlos Sainz…

“You know, there are always rumours.”

Then came the crucial question, would he accept a seat at Red Bull if the Austrians offered him a position?

“No comment. I’ll pass on that one,” Norris smiled.

Norris has been rumoured as a likely Red Bull candidate for 2026, with the British driver’s McLaren contract expiring at the end of 2025.

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Whether this will materialise into anything remains to be seen, given that McLaren are on the rise.

Some also wonder whether it’d be a big risk switching to Red Bull when the new power unit regulations are introduced, as it’ll be the side’s first time supplying their own power units.

McLaren also haven’t got a power unit supplier confirmed yet, with their deal with Mercedes concluding at the end of 2025.