Christian Horner has responded to the rumours linking Lando Norris with a potential move to Red Bull in the future.
After joining McLaren in 2019 as a rookie, Norris is currently contracted to the team until the end of the 2025 campaign.
The Briton revealed at the Italian Grand Prix that he would be open to partnering up with Max Verstappen at some point in his career.
Verstappen’s current contract with Red Bull, which he agreed to after winning his maiden Formula 1 title in 2021, runs until the end of 2028.
Due to the length of the deal, it has been suggested that Norris would have to join Red Bull in order to drive alongside Verstappen, with whom he is known to enjoy a healthy friendship.
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'No shortage of interest'
Verstappen’s current teammate Sergio Perez has a deal in place until the conclusion of the 2024 season.
The Mexican recently hinted that he could be on the way out of the team at the end of his deal, paving the way for another driver to join Verstappen.
When asked if he would be interested in Norris’ services, Horner told media including RacingNews365: “Look, Lando is a great driver, there's no doubt about that.
“You can see his potential is growing. But he's a McLaren driver, you have to respect the agreements that are in place.
“He's doing a great job in the sport and of course we have our drivers confirmed for 2024.
“In 2025 we have one seat open and as you can imagine, there's not a shortage of interest in that seat but it's a long way away at the moment.”