In a surprising turn of events, Nico Rosberg has claimed that Lando Norris, the talented young driver currently with McLaren, could be making a switch to Red Bull.
Rumors of Norris' Future
Despite being under contract with McLaren until 2025, Norris has been the subject of intense speculation about his future in Formula 1. It is no secret that Red Bull has a liking for Norris, who maintains a close relationship with superstar driver Max Verstappen. Sergio Perez's contract with the team is set to expire next year, adding fuel to the speculation that Norris could replace him.
Rosberg Hints at a Move
During an interview with Sky Sports, Nico Rosberg, who was once a teammate of Lewis Hamilton, dropped a major hint about Norris' potential move. "Where's he [Norris] going? Next year already, I hear there's a switch coming," he said. While this statement doesn't confirm anything, it certainly adds to the growing buzz surrounding Norris' future.
Verstappen Talks Potential Move
Max Verstappen, Red Bull's star driver, has also addressed the rumors, revealing that he has discussed a potential move with Norris. However, Verstappen acknowledges that Norris is currently contracted with McLaren for a long period of time. "We talk about it. But he's contracted to McLaren for a long time. We'll see what happens in the future," Verstappen said. It seems that Verstappen is leaving the door open for a possible partnership with Norris.
Red Bull's Interest and Options
Red Bull's interest in Norris is no secret, with team chief Helmut Marko even hinting at replacing Perez with the young British driver. Marko has expressed his admiration for Norris, calling him "by far the strongest of the young drivers" and suggesting that his racing style would be a perfect fit for Red Bull. He has also emphasized Norris' popularity among fans, making him an appealing choice as Verstappen's teammate.
Aside from Norris, Red Bull has reportedly held talks with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc regarding a potential move. Leclerc's current contract expires at the same time as Perez's, making him a leading candidate for the team. Another option being considered is Yuki Tsunoda, who has impressed this year while racing for Red Bull's sister team, AlphaTauri.
As the rumors continue to swirl, it remains to be seen whether Lando Norris will indeed make a switch to Red Bull. Fans and commentators alike eagerly await any official announcements confirming or denying these reports. Stay tuned!
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