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Helmut Marko

Marko confirms continued Red Bull interest in Norris

Despite penning an extension with McLaren last year, Lando Norris continues to be of interest to the Red Bull team over a future drive.

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Helmut Marko has reiterated Red Bull's desire to sign Lando Norris in the future despite the Briton's commitment to McLaren.

Norris penned a multi-year extension to his previous deal with the Woking-based squad, which was set to expire at the end of 2025.

Red Bull has had interest in Norris for several years and was even approached in 2018 to make his F1 debut for the Toro Rosso squad.

The 24-year-old has enjoyed a strong start to the 2024 Formula 1 campaign, scoring two podiums in the opening five rounds.

As Red Bull assesses its options for the future, Marko confirmed Norris as a name on its driver shortlist.

"He is young and certainly in our focus,” Marko told ServusTV.

“His father always jokes that Lando won’t celebrate his first Grand Prix victory until Max [Verstappen] retires.

“I told him that he had to come to us, then it would definitely go faster.”

Piastri also an option

Red Bull has one seat open for the 2025 season with Sergio Perez's contract expiring this year.

There is also uncertainty over Max Verstappen's future in the team amid speculation over a power struggle within the squad.

However, Marko conceded that Norris' extension has ruled him out of a switch in the near future but also voiced interest in his team-mate Oscar Piastri.

“Norris has at least a contract until 2026, so he is not an option in the short term, nor is Oscar Piastri,” he said.

“But both drivers are certainly interesting for us in the future.”

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