British McLaren driver Lando Norris (left) and Australian McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo (right) pose for a group photo with their team.
“Signing on the scoreline for this team and getting in the car for the first time were proud moments, and I will always carry it with me,” he wrote.
‘I also want to thank you because, above all else, I am a sports fan and I know what it feels like to travel with someone through adversity and struggle.
‘I know what it’s like to support and cheer someone on when it’s not going well, it ruins your Sunday.
It would have been easy to jump off the bandwagon, but you’ve been pretty stalwart all year.
“Never underestimate the impact of your support, I’ve certainly never taken it for granted.”
‘It was the perfect weekend, and that made up for a lot of the tougher ones because we were rewarded with the highest.
‘When you’ve been racing with a team, you’re connected for life.
‘Sure, you change teams, you move on, you change, but those connections you make are forever, whether it’s with the mechanics, the engineers or any other team member I’ve worked with.
‘These people have put in their best efforts over this two-year period, and I will never lose the connections I’ve made here.
‘There is a part of McLaren that I will always have close to me.
The McLaren team ahead of the 2022 Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit
“I really enjoyed my time with Lando, not just as teammates, but as people and friends, we’ve had great times together and that friendship has blossomed,” he added.
“There have been many great moments between us, both on and off camera, and I’m sure everyone will have their own favorite. He started with us banging some drums together and making some terrible music, and along the way, we got some trashy tattoos and got loose with space jumpers, although Lando might not have liked it that much!
“We’ve had a good laugh, driven some exciting and fast road cars together and laughed through it all.
“I’m excited for the future because I feel like I’ve dealt with the ups and downs of my time here and I’ve come out of it,” he explained.
‘On a personal level, it hasn’t been ‘all right, all the way’, it has tested my resilience, but I’ve gotten through it, and now I’m excited to see how I take on the challenges moving forward.
‘All the evidence I’ve found here and everything I’ve learned will only help me.
‘As much as I would have liked to win every race, I am grateful for these experiences.
“My journey with McLaren may be coming to an end, but now we are connected for life.”