Lando Norris, a 24-year-old British sensation, has impressed with his stellar performances during the 2023 season, securing podium finishes in seven Grands Prix and playing a pivotal role in guiding McLaren to fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship. His remarkable journey, from starting the season with the slowest car on the grid to becoming a consistent standout, has fueled speculations of a potential move to Red Bull, the reigning constructor champions.
While Red Bull has openly expressed admiration for Norris’s talent and personality, Horner has acknowledged the complexities of having two top drivers vying for the same championship aspirations. “I do not see a way that having two ‘number one drivers’ can lead to a harmonious team-mate relationship,” Horner stated.
Despite the hesitation to pair Norris with Max Verstappen, Red Bull’s motorsport advisor, Helmut Marko, has showered praise on the young driver, describing him as the most promising among the upcoming talents. “Lando’s a great driver,” Marko remarked, “he’s one of those drivers that you keep an eye on.”
Norris’s current contract with McLaren extends until the end of 2025, adding another layer of complexity to the potential switch. With established champions like Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso also linked to Red Bull, the team faces a strategic decision in shaping its driver lineup for the future.
As the F1 world continues to buzz with transfer rumors, only time will reveal whether Norris will eventually make the move to Red Bull. For now, Norris remains committed to McLaren, determined to continue his journey of success with the team that nurtured his racing talent.