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Lando Norris

Norris has 'open invitation' for Red Bull switch

Will the British driver opt to join Verstappen at the F1 championship-winning constructor?

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Williams driver Alex Albon has suggested Lando Norris has an 'open invitation' to join Max Verstappen at Red Bull.

Norris has been in stunning form for McLaren this term ever since a major upgrade package took the Woking-based outfit from the back of the grid to the front.

Since the upgrades were added to the MCL60, the British driver has scored more points than any other, apart from Dutchman Verstappen, who has been utterly dominant on his way to a third F1 Drivers' title.

Verstappen's teammate Sergio Perez has been under pressure after a bright start to the campaign turned sour, with Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner indicating talks had been held in recent years with Norris over a race seat.

Horner recently confirmed that he would be keeping an eye on Norris' situation with McLaren, though that the Red Bull junior programme would take precedence given the large pool of drivers' at the Milton Keynes-based team's disposal.

No reason to change

Asked about a potential switch for Norris, former Red Bull driver Albon told Sky Italia: "I think if he wants it, yes [he can switch].

"But let's see, because I think no one enjoys to be Max's team-mates. It's hard - I have experience with that.

"But if he's confident in himself, which he should be - from what I hear, the invitation has been open for a while.

"It's hard to say now, because just like I have with Williams, you can tell the relationship Lando has with McLaren is very strong, and for now it looks like there's no reason to change."

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