Pato O’Ward (Indycar) vs Lando Norris (F1) Salary Comparison: Which McLaren Driver is Paid More?

Published 11/26/2021, 10:26 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

McLaren has two rising stars in their ranks, Lando Norris and Pato O’ward. Lando Norris has made his name at the pinnacle of motorsport and has expressed a willingness to become the future world champion, whereas the Mexican driver Pato O’ward has taken the IndyCar series by storm.

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Both young guns are under the leadership of McLaren CEO Zak Brown. But there is a massive difference in their salaries and how much they earn. O’Ward earns around $2 million in a year, Norris earns almost 5 times as much as the IndyCar star.

Norris made his debut in F1 at the start of the 2019 season and slowly made a name for himself. When he signed his new contract with the Woking-based team, Norris has positioned himself as one of the best drivers on the grid.

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As reported by Express.co.uk, the young Brit earns around $9 million, which includes added bonuses. This figure makes the McLaren driver one of the best-paid drivers in the sport.

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It would be cool to see Pato anyway in a Formula 1 car: Lando Norris

As reported by Formula1.com, Pato O’Ward will drive the 2021 McLaren at the Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test. Brown had promised the young Mexican a drive in the F1 car if he won a race in IndyCar.

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Norris also commented on the opportunity to see Pato drive the McLaren in Abu Dhabi. “Obviously it would be cool to see Pato anyway in a Formula 1 car, and I wish them and the American side [of McLaren] all the best in trying to win some races and so on,” said Norris.

Motor racing – Formula One – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021, McLaren’s Lando Norris arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

“It would be cool to see someone jump from an IndyCar to Formula 1 and see the differences. I’m sure some things are maybe easier and some things are a lot more difficult and very different, so it would be cool,” said the Mclaren driver.

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We would love to see Norris and O’Ward compete in the same category and go toe-toe against each other. Hopefully, the Mexican driver could make the leap to F1 after his test in Abu Dhabi.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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