McLaren 'not surprised' by Norris rumours

Published on 07 Jun 2018 11:23

McLaren says it is "not surprised" amid reports Red Bull made a move to sign its junior driver Lando Norris.

With Brendon Hartley's seat at Toro Rosso in doubt, widespread media reports say Red Bull made a move to snap up 18-year-old Briton Norris, the Formula 2 championship leader.

According to the reports, McLaren turned down the request to release Norris ahead of the Austrian grand prix.

"We are not surprised that other teams are looking at our drivers," a McLaren spokesperson is quoted as saying.

"They obviously believe, as we do, that they are very talented."

It is believed, however, that Red Bull could try again in October. It is then that Norris apparently needs to be either signed up by McLaren for 2019, or released.

Also rumoured in recent days is that MotoGP star Marc Marquez could be an option for Toro Rosso.

The Spaniard tested a few-year-old Red Bull car at the Spielberg circuit recently, and Dr Helmut Marko said his performance was "impressive".

"In the coming years, he will set many more records in MotoGP," he told Servus TV. "Maybe after that, formula one will be an issue for him.

"Only a few exceptional talents like John Surtees can succeed in both categories, and Marc has what it takes," Marko added.

Replies (2)
US mcbhargav 07 Jun 2018 23:340
Posts: 725
Its in the best interest of the driver, to join TR, a better place to improve his skills, Toro Rosso gets better replacement to Brandon, and McLaren doesn't destroy Norris by comparing him to Alonso.
US ajpennypacker 09 Jun 2018 00:490
Posts: 1399
My initial thought was the same, but there most be some contractual reason for Mclaren's fear. I also think there is significant value in allowing him to complete the F2 championship and win it, which he is very likely to accomplish. Gasly is no slouch either. It is risky to have Norris come into a new car, designed for someone else, competing against a more experience driver who helped develop the car.

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