Nor­ris avoids Monaco set

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Lon­don

– McLaren driver Lando Nor­ris (above) has re­vealed he is not paid enough to live the glam­our life en­joyed by many of his For­mula One ri­vals in Monaco.

Nor­ris is about to em­bark on his se­cond year in For­mula One af­ter a suc­cess­ful rookie cam­paign.

The 20-year-old was given a new McLaren deal last year, but his re­ported £400,000 an­nual salary is dwarfed by the multi-mil­lion­aire in­comes en­joyed by star driv­ers like Mercedes’ Lewis Hamil­ton and Se­bas­tian Vet­tel of Fer­rari.

As such, Nor­ris is not yet ready to join the mo­tor rac­ing tra­di­tion of mov­ing to the prin­ci­pal­ity.

“I am firmly stay­ing in the UK,” Nor­ris said at his team’s 2020 launch on Thurs­day.

“Com­pared to a lot of the other driv­ers, I am not earn­ing the amounts that would make it more ben­e­fi­cial to live in Monaco than the en­joy­ment loss of go­ing into Lon­don with my friends.

“Hope­fully that is some­thing I can look for­ward to in the fu­ture.”

In­stead of hunt­ing for a plush abode in Monaco, dur­ing the sport’s off-sea­son Nor­ris left his old flat to move into new ac­com­mo­da­tion within strik­ing range of McLaren’s Wok­ing head­quar­ters.

“I timed it the other day and it took me three min­utes and 20 se­conds to get home from the fac­tory, and that is driv­ing within the speed limit,” he added.

“I like go­ing out with my group of friends, and I still have a lot of fun. If I move to Monaco I am not go­ing to en­joy things at all.” – AFP

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