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Norris agrees new ‘extended multi-year’ contract with McLaren

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Lando Norris has committed his long-term future to McLaren after agreeing an “extended multi-year” contract with the British team.

The Briton took six second-place finishes in 2023 on his way to sixth in the drivers’ standings in what was his most competitive season since he made his F1 debut with McLaren in 2019.

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The news comes just a day after Charles Leclerc signed a new multi-year deal to extend his stay at Ferrari.

Norris’s contract was set to expire at the end of 2025 – having signed a four-year agreement in February 2022 – but following another strong campaign, both parties have moved to extend that stay.

After team mate Oscar Piastri signed a new deal last September, Norris’s new arrangement will see McLaren run an unchanged line-up for at least the next three seasons.

“It’s a great feeling to be staying in papaya,” said Norris, who joined the McLaren family as a junior driver in 2017. “I’ve grown up with McLaren and feel at home here, the team are like family to me.

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Norris was a regular visitor to the podium in 2023 after McLaren enjoyed a mid-season surge

“The journey so far has been exciting, we’ve had ups and downs, but last season showed our desire to get back to competing at the front of the grid.

“The work Zak [Brown, McLaren Racing CEO], Andrea [Stella, McLaren Team Principal] and the whole team have put in over the last year has been incredible and I’m confident in challenging for wins with McLaren. I’m excited to create more amazing memories and continue working hard with everyone at MTC for the next few years.”

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Brown added: “I’m delighted that we’re continuing our relationship with Lando for multiple years to come. It’s been a fantastic journey over the last six years, and he has shown fantastic commitment and desire to push the team forward and get McLaren back to the front of the grid.

“Last season we saw the fundamental role Lando played with the impressive turnaround in results and I’m looking forward to continuing this push forward together with lots more podiums.”

Stella said: “I’m pleased to confirm the extension of our partnership with Lando on a multi-year contract beyond 2025. This reflects the commitment and confidence we have together, with our shared ambition to ultimately win championships again in the future.

“Lando has grown as a driver and a person since initially joining McLaren in 2017. He impressed last season, playing an important role in our progress throughout the year, securing seven podiums with many fantastic drives.

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“Alongside Oscar, our exciting driver pairing will play an instrumental part in our objective to move towards the front of the grid. They have impressed in their first season together and I’m looking forward to continuing the hard work with them both on this exciting journey.”

Norris’s McLaren team unveiled their livery for the coming season earlier this month – and will launch their 2024 challenger at Silverstone on February 14 before heading to Bahrain for pre-season testing, which begins on February 21.

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