McLaren driver Lando Norris may have raised a few eyebrows and prompted some concern from his team after revealing one of the top priorities on his wish list as a racer.
While it hasn’t been a perfect season on the track for Norris, he has still shown enough skill and perseverance to occupy seventh spot in the drivers’ standings.
He has been able to deal with the regulation changes to far better effect than his teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who faces an uncertain future at the team following revelations around Oscar Piastri taking his seat next season.
It is a fair call on the part of McLaren, as the far more experienced Ricciardo sits close to 60 points behind Norris in the standings.
Norris has also been busy marketing McLaren’s off-road themed apparel line.
He was involved in a photo shoot where he posed alongside a rally car.
What attracts Norris to rally races?
It is at this event that the young British driver revealed just how fascinated he is with the concept of rally races.
“I want to try some rallying at some point,” Norris said.
“Our next collection with Quadrant clothing is a bit of an off-road vibe. So we recently went and did some stuff to record a piece for it that included rallying
“And I just realised going there for the first time and witnessing it, how crazy those people are. It made me really, really want to have a go
“I might start where there’s no trees, [at the] end of the year, I just want to have a go – in a safe place! With tyre barriers somewhere
“Like, car control and flicking it in and handbrake and timing and all of that stuff, it’s always good to do every now and then for like car control and to keep your wits about with more than just driving a Formula 1 car
“It’s like karting. A lot of Formula 1 drivers like to do karting, because it gets them back in the feeling of feeling things and it’s very feeling-related in karting. Same with rallying, I just want to go and try something new.”
Norris won’t be the first F1 driver to chance his arm in a rally car, with examples of Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen springing to mind in recent years.
Norris dreams of featuring in rally races
The 22-year-old famously competed in the 2018 Daytona 24 Hours alongside Fernando Alonso.
For Norris, the prospect of trying competitive rally races is not something he would shy away from.
“Maybe one day,” he said when asked if the opportunity of rallying excites him.
“I’ll have to try it first, just to see what it’s like, just because it looks awesome and yeah, there’s always things in life people want to try and do
“That’s come across as something I would love to try at some point.”
Anyone familiar with rally races will know that the sport comes with considerable risks and can expose drivers to a number of injuries.
McLaren will be hoping that Norris does not act on his fancy, at least till the time that he is still racing for them in Formula 1.