Lando Norris says the decision by the McLaren F1 Team to completely alter their driver line-up for the 2019 Formula 1 season is the right one as the Woking-based squad need a ‘fresh start’.
Current FIA Formula 2 championship contender Norris was confirmed to replace Stoffel Vandoorne in the McLaren line-up last week, where he will join Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr., who had previously been announced to replace Fernando Alonso.
Whilst Norris says he would have loved to have been a team-mate to Alonso, he is looking forward to getting to know his new team-mate, and he feels the combination will push each other and the team forward.
“As much as I would have loved to partner Fernando — which I did manage to do for three laps at Monza — for as much as I admire Fernando and I loved working with him from Daytona all the way through McLaren, I think for the longevity of McLaren and helping them improve as a team together I think having Carlos is another thing where we can really push each other together,” Norris is quoted as saying by PlanetF1.com.
“I think Fernando, if he was here again next year, he would definitely help the team improve but I think going throughout all the years it is good teams have fresh starts every now and then. Especially with where McLaren are now.
“I don’t think it is a bad thing or a good thing that I am going with Carlos. I look forward to working with him as I have never spoken to him or met him so I look forward to it.
“It is a shame because I really would have loved the opportunity to drive with Fernando. Hopefully I will in the future whether it is in Formula 1 or some endurance race. I would like to.
“But for McLaren and myself I think it is the best thing.”