Norris avoids Monaco set
– 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