Lando Norris admits F1 switch talks weren’t ‘solely’ held with Pink Bull | F1 | Sport

Lando Norris has admitted he held talks with different F1 groups forward of signing a long-term take care of McLaren. Final season, Pink Bull boss Christian Horner revealed he had spoken to Norris forward of the Briton placing pen to paper on a brand new contract. 

Nevertheless, the McLaren star has now prompt they weren’t the one workforce on the desk, hinting that groups throughout the grid are after the 23-year-old’s signature. Regardless of this, Norris is adamant the talks had been extra a “common” dialogue relatively than severe negotiations.

He instructed Motorsport.com: “To begin with, the talks which I stated I had with Pink Bull are a common factor. Each driver is attempting to speak to each workforce. Not all the time, although. That is why I signed such an extended contract, so I needn’t care about any of this for some time.

“However everytime you’re coming to the top of a contract, you all the time wish to have talks with as many individuals as you may to weigh up your choices and know what is likely to be a greater path for you.

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It was a tough 2022 for the workforce who dropped behind Alpine within the Constructors’ Championship. Norris picked up only one podium all season however acquired the higher of skilled team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, ending forward of the Australian 17 instances.

Norris remains to be assured McLaren may give him a automobile able to difficult on the entrance of the sector. Nevertheless, he feels the workforce are nonetheless a few years off a severe title push as they’re nonetheless engaged on their new wind tunnel which is about to open later this yr.

He instructed German newspaper Auto Motor und Sport: “That will likely be our first yr through which we not have any excuses. In the intervening time, we will nonetheless make good excuses. We all the time take a look at what we will do higher and 2024 would be the first yr once we will function virtually on the stage of the highest groups with our infrastructure. The remaining is as much as us, the individuals who work right here.”

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