A new McLaren contract for Lando Norris is reported to have elevated him onto the ‘podium’ of the three best-paid drivers on the Formula 1 grid.
McLaren announced this week that the Briton had penned an extension to his deal that keeps him with the team through to the end of 2025.
The Woking-based squad were clearly keen to get Norris tied down with them as he admitted to having had “little chats here and there” with rival constructors before pledging his future to McLaren.
And those who enjoy seeing the 22-year-old driving the papaya-liveried car will be encouraged that team principal Andreas Seidl said there were “no get-outs” on either side in Norris’ contract – so anyone looking to lure Norris away would have to make McLaren an offer they could not refuse.
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— McLaren (@McLarenF1) February 9, 2022
And yes, that is higher than his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo who, even at a decade older, is placed on the chart in joint fourth position with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc on £10.19million.
Hamilton’s annual salary is quoted by The Sun to be £40million, although that is said to include bonuses and add-ons, and represents a figure more than double Verstappen’s £18.2million.
Norris will want to justify the trust McLaren have put in him by building upon a 2021 campaign in which he made a sizeable step forward, enjoying an extremely consistent first half of the season and ending it with his maiden F1 pole position at the Russian Grand Prix and highest race finish when runner-up in Italy to his team-mate Ricciardo.
“I have the confidence in the team regarding what we have this year,” said Norris, quoted by Sky Sports, as he prepared for the launch of the MCL36, a brand-new car for the sport’s much-changed regulations.
“What we have this year, we have no idea what that’s going to be against any other team. But I have strong faith in everyone at McLaren.
“They are working as hard as possible, doing the best job they can to continue this trend we’ve been on the last few years.
“Whether that means we jump up a few positions, whether we lose a few positions, that’s just the way it is. But that doesn’t mean I’ll think any less of the team, I’ll still have that faith and confidence in year two, year three, year four.
“That’s the higher end and that’s when there will be more opportunities for us to achieve more as a team.”
New contract puts Norris in top three of F1 wages
Lando Norris' new contract has elevated him into the top three of F1 wages.