McLaren has a track record of making progress and then lagging behind, but they have recently displayed indications of getting better. However, there are worries that their talented driver, Lando Norris, might be enticed to depart from the team. Allegedly, Red Bull is keen on recruiting Norris, and McLaren must enhance their performance to retain his contentment.
CEO Zak Brown seems to have made a mistake by not prioritizing Norris and instead focusing on other matters. McLaren has until the end of 2025 to convince Norris to stay, but it seems they may be running out of time. Brown’s recent comments about needing more time and a reset in 2026 do not bode well for their efforts to retain Norris.
Norris has been relishing the recognition he’s been getting from Red Bull. He has been subtly suggesting a possible transition on social media, which has only intensified the speculation. McLaren definitely doesn’t want Norris to contribute further to the speculation and enhance Red Bull’s attraction towards him.
Norris has been noticed as a follower of Red Bull Racing on Instagram, and in return, Red Bull has also started following him. This has further fueled speculation regarding a potential transition.
It appears that McLaren may have erred in not giving Norris the proper attention and priority he deserves. To retain him as part of their team, they must demonstrate their ability to offer him a competitive vehicle. Otherwise, there is a risk of losing him to Red Bull.