Red Bull admit they want to sign Lando Norris

Lando Norris has previously been linked to Red Bull and is also close friends with Max Verstappen.

Red Bull advisor Dr. Helmut Marko has admitted that he can “imagine” Lando Norris driving for the Austrians, but not Lewis Hamilton.

Sergio Perez’s Red Bull seat has been a huge talking point recently, with the Mexican’s deal set to expire at the end of 2024.

Despite this, some have suggested that Perez might not even race for the side next season; however, Red Bull have insisted that they’ll honour his contract.

Several drivers are already lining-up for his seat in 2025 though, including Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo.

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Team principal Christian Horner has already revealed that drivers outside the Red Bull family will be considered, potentially opening the door for Norris.

Norris has been on Red Bull’s radar for a while, and actually held talks with the team prior to signing his long-term contract with McLaren.

His McLaren deal doesn’t actually expire until the end of 2025, meaning he likely won’t be able to make the switch until 2026, when the new power unit regulations are introduced.

If Red Bull really wanted the British driver, they could offer someone a one-year deal for 2025.

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With two podiums in the last three races, Norris has been in great form recently.

He’d arguably do a great job at Red Bull alongside Max Verstappen, as would Hamilton.

However, Marko recognises that whilst signing Hamilton would be “ideal” for the media, it wouldn’t be a good move for the Milton Keynes-based team.

“With Norris, I could well imagine that. It’s harder for me with Hamilton though,” Marko told Motorsport-Magazin.com.

“It would certainly be ideal for the public, television, and journalists, but not for team leadership and success.”

A main issue why Hamilton would never make the move to Red Bull, is that the Austrians don’t want to lead drivers.

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Whilst they aren’t a fan of labels, Marko admits that the side prefer to have a duo where it’s “clear who is faster”.

“We as a team prioritise the World Championship, and it’s better if you have a certain hierarchy,” said Marko. “I don’t want to say a ‘number one’ driver, but that it’s clear who is faster.

“The atmosphere in the team cannot suffer. If we look at something like [Ayrton] Senna and [Alain] Prost, you’d have two superstars who only look at each other and put the team in second place.”