McLaren racer Lando Norris was reached out to sign a deal with Red Bull as revealed by the Red Bull driver’s programme boss Helmut Marko. It has been revealed that he held talks to bring Lando Norris to the team. Norris is a graduate of McLaren’s youth setup and he is an integral part of the driving force behind the team’s recovery since graduating in 2019. Marko revealed that talks had begun to bring in Norris though he is tied with McLaren for the long term.
Lando Norris drew the attention of Red Bull
Lando Norris already has five podiums at McLaren and he has become one of the most highly-rated young drivers in Formula 1. He has drawn quite an attention and Helmut Marko wanted to rope in the 21-year-old racer.
Red Bull could have paired Max Verstappen and Norris which would have been quite a partnership but Marko was not able to make it happen since Norris is tied down at McLaren under a multi-year contract.
Marko recently spoke with Sport24 auto as he went on to reveal that Red Bull did have some talks with Norris.
“We’ve had talks with him, but he’s tied to McLaren for the long term. We remain true to our path.” Marko told.
Norris and McLaren are hopeful of fighting at the top of Formula 1 with Red Bull down the road. There have been some revised regulations for 2022 giving the potential to stir up the grid.
Marko has also rated Norris highly but he still believes that Verstappen is a better prospect. He said: “I’m proud that we dared to bring Max into Formula 1 at the age of 16. He has never made me doubt that our path was the right one. He is always super focused and doesn’t let anything distract him from his goal of winning.”
Max Verstappen finished F1 Russia GP being the second to reach the chequered flag while Norris finished in the seventh position.
Marko further added: “Norris has caught my eye before. But Max is still at the top of my rankings because he can deliver immediately in all conditions and without a run-up, which he proved again impressively just now in the rain in Sochi. He almost even won the race, he just had to come into the pits one lap earlier.”
- Red Bull wanted to sign Lando Norris
- They could not sign him as he had multi-year deal with McLaren