Button questions Norris’ long-term McLaren deal

Jamie Woodhouse
Lando Norris wears a McLaren cap. Saudi Arabia March 2022.

Lando Norris wearing a McLaren-branded cap. Saudi Arabia March 2022.

Ex-McLaren driver Jenson Button is not sure that Lando Norris made the right choice in signing a new long-term deal with the team.

Norris came through McLaren’s driver academy to make his debut with the team in 2019, playing a key role in McLaren’s recovery up the grid which followed.

And with McLaren having battled Ferrari at the head of the midfield in 2021, it seemed that the Woking outfit were a prime seat for 2022 with the introduction of heavily revised regulations.

Before the 2022 season began, Norris would put pen to paper on fresh, improved terms running until the end of 2025, but the campaign has not got off to a good start.

McLaren battled issues with their front brakes in Bahrain, failing to score a point, and though Norris finished P7 at the second round in Saudi Arabia, they were nowhere near the leading pace of Ferrari and Red Bull.

There is plenty of work for McLaren to do then, leaving Button questioning whether Norris had made the right call at such an early stage in his F1 career.

Lando Norris ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. Bahrain March 2022.
McLaren team-mates Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo follow each other in the race. Bahrain March 2022.

“For Lando, it was surprising that he signed such a long contract at the start of his career,” Button told Sky Sports F1.

“We all want to be team players but you never know where the team is going to be in three years.

“And also, this is going to be a big hit. Five years to go and he is going to be like, ‘Oh, okay’.

“But all he can do is go back to the team, tell them what the issues are and try and resolve them.”


Button did though point out that McLaren very much know what they are doing.

After all, they are eight time Constructors’ Champions in Formula 1, Button adding that the team is made up of talented personnel.

So, it is key for the team to now work together as a unit to develop the MCL36.

“This is a great team,” said Button.

“They’ve won multiple championships, they have a lot of new people in place that are also very skilled.

“It’s about that team building, that team staying together and developing the car as well as they can.”


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Button questions Norris’ long-term McLaren deal

Jenson Button has concerns for Lando Norris and his future with Mclaren after the start the team have made to the season.