Lando Norris has been talking about his ambitions to win a world championship for a while now and has reassured fans that he would ideally like to do it with McLaren.
The team will be glad to hear that their star driver has faith in their ability to become title challengers once again in the near future but will be mindful that his patience will not last forever.
Norris has been linked with a move to Red Bull in recent months and has admitted that he held talks with multiple other teams before deciding to renew his contract with McLaren.
With a brand new state-of-the-art wind tunnel facility not far from completion, the team will be hoping to make huge strides forward in the next couple of years to become a powerhouse in F1 once again.
McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown has now outlined his team’s plan to become title challengers, suggesting that it should take a maximum of three years to return to winning ways.
“I think we’re two to three years away,” he told ESPN.
“I’d love this year to look like ’21, mixing it up with the top three. But we still don’t have all of our technology infrastructure in place.
“By ’24, we will have had it in place but not for the entire development of the ’24 car. So ’24 I’d like to think would be a good step forward, where I think we could be mixing it up on a more regular basis.
“Then in ’25 we have everything we need – drivers, people, resources, wind tunnel, simulator. There’s no reason why, on paper, we shouldn’t be in a position to be challenging at the front on a regular basis by ’25. That’s certainly our ambition.”
These quotes will come as music to the ears of Lando Norris, who has recently suggested that he deserves a title challenging car.
On his day, the Brit has proven that he is capable of challenging the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, however he has never quite had a car capable of beating them.
McLaren took a step back under the new regulations, struggling to understand the new design of the cars, finishing a position lower than the previous season.
With every team now having had a season to adapt to the new rules, McLaren will be aiming for a best of the rest finish in 2023, ahead of their rivals Alpine.