“I remain strong in the UK”: Lando Norris admits that McLaren does not pay enough – £ 400,000 a year – to move to Monaco
- Lewis Hamilton lives in Monaco and wants to conclude a lucrative new contract
- A new deal with Mercedes can be worth around £ 60 million a year
- Lando Norris has £ 400,000 a year and cannot afford to move to Monaco
- “Maybe someday, if I earn more, I could think of Monaco,” he said
Lando Norris, star of Formula 1, won’t follow Lewis Hamilton to Monaco – because he can’t afford it.
While Hamilton wants to take advantage of his status as a six-time world champion with a new Mercedes deal worth £ 60 million a year, his fellow countryman is rubbing at just £ 400,000.
That means that Norris, 20, would rather stay in Surrey than go to the playground of the high-rollers of the grid.
Lando Norris is not yet interested in moving to Monaco and is satisfied with life in Surrey
During the launch of McLaren in Woking on Wednesday prior to the first race of the season in Melbourne on March 15, he said: “I don’t earn enough to move to Monaco quickly.
“I just got a new house on the road from the factory – 3 minutes and 20 seconds in my car, driving within the speed limits.
“I was in Guildford before that, but this is even easier. And I enjoy being close to the factory and close to my friends instead of being stuck in Monaco.
‘I can go to London and live a better life that way. Compared to many of the other drivers, I do not earn the amounts that would make it cheaper to live in Monaco than the loss of pleasure going to London with my friends.
The McLaren driver has £ 400,000 a year and prefers to live close to his friends
‘Hopefully I can look forward to that in the future. ‘I like everything the way it is now. I love to go out with my group of friends and I still have a lot of fun. If I move to Monaco, I will not enjoy it at all. “
“Maybe one day, if I earn more, I’d think about Monaco. But for the time being the financial benefit does not outweigh what I would lose. ”
“I’m noticed a little more, but I’m not Lewis Hamilton,” Norris added.
“I am not stopped everywhere I go. I’m at the point where it’s cool. I am not yet ready to go undercover.
‘Every now and then you get the strange face that you stare at dinner. You try to eat and then you have a man who looks at you, which is kind of weird, but I don’t mind. “
Lewis Hamilton lives in Monaco, the playground of the high-rollers of the Formula 1 grid
Norris, who finished eleventh in his debut season last year, promises to show a harder lead from now on, especially in his posts on social media.
“Some trolls saw that I was kidding or having fun and then blamed things that went wrong the way they considered my approach,” he said. “It wasn’t what I was like. I was focused.
“Most of the criticism was funny, but some things could play in my mind.”