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Formula 1

Seidl: Decision to keep formidable Norris was straightforward

McLaren Racing Director Andreas Seidl has explained that the decision to keep Lando Norris on their books was an easy one to make, in light of his ever-improving competitiveness.

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Andreas Seidl has spoken about how easy a decision it was for McLaren to sign Lando Norris up to a new long-term deal.

On Wednesday, the team confirmed that they will keep the young British driver on their books for 2022 and beyond on a new 'multi-year' deal.

With Ferrari putting their weight behind Charles Leclerc, and Red Bull behind Max Verstappen, both of whom are on long-term arrangements, McLaren have followed suit with their young charger and Seidl said that it made sense given Norris' pace.

“Our decision to confirm Lando’s long-term future at McLaren was very straightforward," Seidl told the media in the wake of the team's announcement.

"Lando has impressed us since his rookie year with his performances, and his evolution as a driver since then has been clear to see. He’s an integral part of our performance recovery plan and his record so far, securing two podiums with the team over the past year, has shown he’s a formidable competitor on track."

The signing means that McLaren's driver line-up for 2022 is confirmed, with Norris remaining alongside Daniel Ricciardo next year.

With McLaren's immediate future secure, Seidl said the confirmation means all the parts are in place to tackle the new regulation cycle from a position of strength.

"Like him, we have strong ambitions for our future together and I’m pleased we’re continuing this journey for both Lando and the team," he said.

"In Lando and Daniel we have a hugely talented and exciting driver line-up, and this announcement is a strong signal of commitment to the next chapter for McLaren from 2022 onwards.”

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