McLaren driver Lando Norris is determined to help the team win its first Formula One world championship since Lewis Hamilton‘s triumph in 2008. Norris signed a contract extension with McLaren last year until the end of 2025, but some in the F1 community have queried the deal due to the team’s recent lack of success. Nevertheless, Norris is undeterred, and his car for this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix will feature the team’s Triple Crown livery, which celebrates McLaren‘s past victories at Monaco, Le Mans, and the Indy 500.
Despite possessing an impressive track record, McLaren has struggled in recent years, winning just one Grand Prix since 2012. However, Norris is confident that he can help the team create a new chapter in its history. Speaking to F1 Initiative, the British driver stated that he is thrilled to be part of a team with such a rich heritage, but he also wants to help McLaren write the next chapter in its story.
However, some have dismissed the possibility of Norris winning a championship with McLaren, especially given the team’s recent middling performances. This year, Aston Martin overtook Alpine and McLaren to become a front-running team. Nonetheless, Norris is convinced that McLaren has what it takes to challenge for top honours. He is fully committed to helping CEO Zak Brown achieve the goal of contending for a championship by 2025.
The pivotal year is when the new wind tunnel becomes available, as McLaren is set to use its own wind tunnel for the first time, after previously relying on Toyota’s facility in Cologne. Brown is confident that the new wind tunnel and a new simulator will put McLaren on an even footing with its rivals. The team’s management has also undergone changes, with Andrea Stella taking over from Andreas Seidl and James Key.
Norris believes that these changes, including a revamped management structure and new facilities, will enable McLaren to compete with the likes of Red Bull and Ferrari. He said that the team needs to have no excuses and that he is excited by the prospect of achieving something special with McLaren. He also reiterated his belief that McLaren has the capability to win a championship, adding that he would not have signed a contract extension if he did not believe in the team’s potential.
In conclusion, Norris is confident that he can help McLaren end its championship drought. He sees the team’s Triple Crown livery as a celebration of its history but is more interested in creating a new story that involves winning. He is encouraged by the changes to the team’s facilities and management and is committed to seeing McLaren challenge for top honours.