Norris’ future with McLaren hinging on Alonso’s

While Lando Norris would like to race for McLaren in 2019, he acknowledges that a possible race-seat could depend on whether Fernando Alonso wants to continue racing.

Norris’ future with McLaren hinging on Alonso’s

Norris’ future with McLaren hinging on Alonso’s

After McLaren announced that they had dropped Honda engines in favour of a swap to Renault, Alonso re-signed with the Woking team.

While initially reports hinted at a one-year deal, the double World Champion revealed that it is "a long-term contract and we'll see how things go."

And how things go could determined Norris' future with the McLaren reserve driver keen to race come 2019.

"Obviously from that, I would say so, but I couldn't really say what they are thinking," he told Motorsport.com.

"I guess you have to wait for what Fernando wants to do and I think they are happy with Stoffel [Vandoorne] and it is quite early in his career.

"Obviously he can develop a lot and definitely improve as a driver going into 2018.

"So it is a bit of it is waiting to see what they are going to do but I can't really say what else is going to happen – it is a bit hard for me."

He added: "Obviously my aim is to be at McLaren. If I can't get a drive here, then I have to look at other opportunities.

"If they say 'We're not really going to have a drive [available] for three years or something, then it is obvious that I am going to have to go elsewhere.

"But if it is just one year, I think I'll still stick with McLaren and deal with one year out. The aim is to be with McLaren."

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