Ex-Driver Cautions Norris About Unnecessary Risks

Despite interest from other Formula 1 teams including Red Bull Racing, former driver Johnny Herbert advises McLaren’s Lando Norris against switching teams, arguing that McLaren’s ongoing development and Norris’s current success with the team make it a better option for his future.

Highlights

‣ McLaren driver Lando Norris is attracting interest from several Formula 1 teams, including Red Bull Racing, despite his contract with McLaren running until 2025.
‣ McLaren’s performance in the 2023 season was initially challenging, but the team managed a turnaround, with Norris’ performance standing out.
‣ Red Bull’s interest in Norris could lead to a potential switch after 2025, when Sergio Perez‘s contract expires.
‣ Former driver Johnny Herbert advises Norris against the switch, suggesting that if McLaren continues to develop, Norris would be better off staying with them.


Lando Norris, the McLaren driver, is currently a hot commodity in Formula 1. Despite his contract with McLaren running till 2025, other teams are showing interest. Red Bull Racing is one of them. But, former driver Johnny Herbert has a word of caution for the Brit.

The 2023 season didn’t start off great for McLaren. Good results were hard to come by. But, halfway through, things took a turn. They managed to snag fourth place in the constructors’ championship. Norris’ performance? Impressive. He didn’t go unnoticed this season, that’s for sure.

Helmut Marko, from Red Bull, has shown interest in Norris. A potential switch could happen post-2025, when Sergio Perez’s contract ends.

Herbert’s Warning

Johnny Herbert, a former driver, has some advice for Norris. He believes that if McLaren keeps up their progress, Norris would be better off there than at Red Bull. “From a driver’s perspective, you’re always trying to figure out what’s best for you,” Herbert told Express Sport. “Is the risk of going to Red Bull worth it? I don’t think so.”

Norris’ Current Position

“He’s young, he’s improving, and McLaren is on a good trajectory,” Herbert continues. “Why make life more difficult when he’s in a good position now?” He believes that Norris should stick with McLaren, considering their potential for growth. “We’ll have to wait and see, but I don’t see why he’d want to switch.”

So, there you have it. Norris is in a good place, and Herbert thinks he should stay put. But, as with everything in life, only time will tell.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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