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Horner: 'Every time we talked to Norris, he signed a day later'

Christian Horner has revealed the extent of the transfer talks between Red Bull and Lando Norris in recent seasons.

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Christian Horner says every time Red Bull speak to Lando Norris about a potential Formula 1 drive "he signs with McLaren the next day".

Red Bull have long held an interest in signing Norris; stretching back to his days in Formula 2 when Red Bull Motorsport Advisor Helmut Marko attempted to get the Briton into a Toro Rosso seat back in mid-2018 to replace Brendon Hartley.

Norris subsequently made his F1 debut for McLaren in 2019, with Horner revealing that a fresh McLaren deal always seemed to appear after Red Bull started having conversations with him.

Horner on Norris talks

Norris is currently locked into a long-term deal with McLaren, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen locked into a contract until the end of 2028.

Sergio Perez penned a fresh deal with the Milton Keynes squad earlier this year having performed well as Verstappen's number two.

"We've spoken with Lando a couple of times over the years," Horner explained to media, including RacingNews365.com.

"But every time we've had a conversation, the next day he's signed a contract with McLaren.

"He's on a long-term contract and looks like he's going to be there for a few more years."

Norris will be elevated into an effective McLaren team leader role in 2023 as he enters his fifth season of Grand Prix racing.

He will be joined by 2021 F2 champion Oscar Piastri after McLaren swooped to sign him from Alpine, who as RacingNews365.com exclusively revealed, had not signed a race drive contract with Alpine when the FIA's Contract Recognition Board ruled in McLaren's favour over Piastri's services.

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