The younger Briton has lengthy resisted becoming a member of different F1 drivers within the tax haven of Monaco, regardless of the clear cash advantages from doing so, and dedicated to residing close to the McLaren manufacturing unit in Woking.
However, after getting extra established in F1 and having prolonged his McLaren contract earlier this yr, Norris thinks now’s the proper alternative to make a change.
“It is one thing that clearly a variety of drivers go to do and particularly, with how racing is, I believe we have seen for different drivers how shortly issues can even go downhill and so forth,” stated Norris.
“I’ve to take care of my issues for my future.”
Norris says that, whereas earlier in his profession it was important for him to stay within the UK to be near McLaren, now such proximity shouldn’t be important.
As he involves the tip of his third season in F1, he thinks he has reached a stage the place he can function extra remotely.
“There was nonetheless much more to realize from me and my profession to being at McLaren and with the ability to go in every time I wished to,” he defined.
“At any time when I had a foul weekend, I may simply go in on no matter day to be on the simulator to attempt issues, talking to my engineers, and so forth.
“And I like England. It is nonetheless in all probability my favorite place to be.
“My household are there, my mates are there. And I believe I stated many occasions that for me, enjoyable and pleasure, and having fun with what I am doing, takes precedence over making these type of choices.
“So it isn’t a not a simple determination. And it isn’t one thing I have been considering of for a few years.
“I simply really feel like I am in a snug place on the minute to make this determination and spend the time to maneuver over there. I can nonetheless see a variety of my mates, and my household are going to come back over.
Lando Norris, McLaren
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“So many issues will stay precisely the identical. It is simply that I am based mostly in a unique place.
“Perhaps I will not get to play as a lot golf, which might be the largest draw back. However there is a couple locations close by that I can go and play and so forth.
“So not a simple determination. But it surely’s nonetheless a life determination and there is so many issues that do change from it.”
Whereas Norris shouldn’t be hiding from the monetary motivation behind his transfer, he says he’s conscious that some might select to criticise him for it.
“After all I will perceive and there is going to be some [criticisms] for certain,” he stated.
“However individuals do many issues in life for cash. That is simply one other one.”
However he’s additionally clear that may nonetheless be in contact together with his followers on-line as a lot as earlier than.
“I can nonetheless stream on Twitch and stuff,” he stated.
“My interplay with the followers will not change in any respect. Max has carried out a couple of streams, in order that aspect of it will not change.
“I believe every part I do in day-to-day life, it’ll be precisely the identical.
“My quantity of days in McLaren and so forth, it is in all probability going to be larger than it was final yr simply due to so many new guidelines.”