McLaren denied the rumoured ‘get out’ clause in Lando Norris’ new contract, saying it was never a thing.
Norris had a great 2021 in what was only his third season in F1. He took four podium finishes, including a P2 at the Italian GP. He finished sixth overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings to cap off his best season in the sport.
He signed a contract extension with the team and detailed his intention to do great things with them. However, rumours stated that there was a clause in it that allowed him to walk should there be a reason.
McLaren denied the rumoured ‘get out’ clause in Norris’ new contract, saying the whispers were false.
As quoted by Racingnews365.com, McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl said, “The beauty of this new agreement that we have in place is that there’s no get-outs, on both sides, which is (an) important message that we wanted to give to the team as well.
“That shows that we’re in this together and that there’s a strong belief from both sides, from our side in the talent Lando is but, at the same time, from Lando’s side in believing that we can actually get there in the next few years.”
Committed to the cause
“In every contract, there’s various things but, in terms of my one for the next four years, there’s a heavy commitment from my side to just commit to doing what I want to do, and I’m achieving stuff with the team,” he explained.
“I knew that was a chance and there was an opportunity for other teams to make big steps forward, and maybe we go backward. But I don’t think that’s something I need to be worried about.
“I’m confident in the team that we can have a good season this year and, whatever happens this year, (it) doesn’t mean we might be struggling for the next five to 10 years.
“I have belief that, even if we have a tougher year this year – which I don’t think we will, I’m confident we won’t – the next two to three years, when we get the wind tunnel up and running, then we can make that progress we need,” he concluded.