Marko Reveals Lando Norris’ Response When They Offered Him a Red Bull F1 Drive

Published 10/01/2021, 5:16 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and McLaren’s Lando Norris after finishing in first and third respectively Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


There is no doubt that McLaren’s Lando Norris will be a star in the future in Formula One. However, things could have been different for the Brit if he agreed to join another team on the grid.

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Dr. Helmut Marko stated that Red Bull was linked to sign for Norris, but the Brit had a long-term deal with the Woking-based outfit. Additionally, it was Norris who told Marko & Co that he wants to be loyal to McLaren.

Red Bull and Marko tried to get Lando Norris

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When fans think of Norris, they immediately think McLaren. However, that could have been different if the 21-year-old had put pen to paper with the Raging Bulls. There were talks to sign him, but Norris was adamant about staying with McLaren. While the Milton-Keynes-based squad went to bring in Max Verstappen.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 3, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in pole position with McLaren’s Lando Norris Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

Speaking to Österreich., as quoted by SoyMotor.com, Marko said, “We have had talks with him, but he is linked to McLaren in the long term. We remain faithful to our path.” (Translated from Spanish via Google)

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Lando is making McLaren proud in 2021

The 21-year-old certainly brought his A-game to this year’s championship. Norris has helped the team bag crucial points for the constructor’s championship.

The McLaren driver has bagged four podiums so far this season; achieving his best result in Monza, where he placed second. Additionally, at the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, this past race weekend, Norris took his first-ever pole position.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrates with his team after finishing in third place Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

However, the 21-year-old couldn’t covert the pole position into a win, as he suffered a horrible heartbreak near the end of the race. Nevertheless, Lando aims to bounce back and redeem himself at the upcoming Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul.

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Norris has faith in the Mercedes-powered car and hopes to bring more podiums and wins in the remaining races this year. As of now, McLaren finds themselves to be in third place in the team’s standings with 234 points and hopes to bag some more as the season progresses.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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