Horner: 'We've spoken with Norris a few occasions'

Christian Horner confirmed that Lando Norris has been on Purple Bull’s radar on a number of events lately, after the Briton revealed that he had been approached prior to now by the Milton Keynes-based outfit.

In Mexico, Norris mentioned that he had a contact with Purple Bull previous to signing his most up-to-date long-term contract with McLaren, though he admitted that it had been nothing greater than an off-the-cuff dialog.

“I spoke to them, I spoke to some different individuals,” Norris revealed. “However, like, a chat’s a chat. It’s not like, ‘what can we do’ immediately.

“It was simply coming to the top of the contract if you simply see what choices can be found. You simply type of discover out what is likely to be attainable over the following few years.

“It wasn’t simply Purple Bull – each driver has chats with quite a lot of the totally different groups about what might occur, and easy as that, principally.”

Horner confirmed the encounter however added that there had been a number of talks through the years with the McLaren charger.

Purple Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko had put Norris on his radar when the younger gun was competing in F3 and in F2 though he was already affiliated with McLaren on the time.

However in 2018, Marko approached McLaren in an try and safe Norris’ providers for Toro Rosso the place the Briton would have changed Brendon Hartley mid-season.

“We’ve spoken with Lando a few occasions through the years,” mentioned Horner.

“However each time we’ve had a dialog, the following day he’s signed a contract with McLaren!

“He’s on a long-term contract with McLaren and appears like he’s going to be there for a number of extra years.”

Certainly, earlier this 12 months, Norris signed a profitable new multi-year cope with workforce papaya that can see the 22-year-old stay with McLaren till the top of 2025.

However Purple Bull might properly come knocking as soon as once more forward of 2026, though pairing Norris together with his good buddy Max Verstappen would probably show massively pricey for the world championship profitable workforce, maybe even in additional methods than simply monetary.

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