Lando Norris has said that McLaren's investment in its future in F1 was one of the major reasons that prompted him to sign a new contract which will see him stay with the team beyond 2021.
Norris has had a strong start to the 2021 season, securing two podiums and consistently outpacing teammate Daniel Ricciardo as McLaren have emerged as the strongest of the midfield pack.
"It’s a combination of a few things over the last couple of years that we’ve that we’ve done. But then also things we have coming up in the future," he said according to RaceFans.
“Having our own wind tunnel is one of the biggest things. How much easier it will make their lives in the factory, the guys and girls who have to travel all the way to Germany every time, and go to the wind tunnel.
"They have to spend isolation there for three weeks, then come back, isolation again, so the amount of time we lose a lot of time compared to other teams who are able to do it a lot quicker.”
Norris added that the team was well placed to take advantage of the upcoming regulation changes in F1 to close the gap to the frontrunners.
"“I think what we have now is still taking a couple of years to settle into place and come all together for the next few years,” he said.
“In 2022, everything changes. I think we’ve had these rules for a few years now where we were a long way behind with these rules. We caught up a lot with these rules. And the fact we managed to catch up as much as we have has been pretty good.
“But then in 2022 everything’s different. So I have the belief that we can start off on a much better foot, I would want to say, in the best way possible.
“You still know that Mercedes and Red Bull are going to be fast from the off next year. But if we can start much closer then we’ll still be able to progress from there on.”