Seidl Reveals McLaren ‘Agreement’ With Mercedes in Case of Norris’ F1 Race Ban

Poor old Lando Norris is in a bit of a quandary. On one hand, he is in the form of his life with three podiums this season. However, the other end of the scale is that he has been a little bit naughty. To be precise, the McLaren driver has picked up penalty points like a child filling his pockets with candy.

The bad news is that the penalty point-picking frequency has resulted in him accumulating 10 points. If he gets two more, then he faces the possibility of copping a one-race ban. With Daniel Ricciardo not exactly firing on all cylinders, the team has a problem on its hands.

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Recently, team boss Andreas Seidl spoke about the game plan in the event that Norris gets a ban. According to the German, they may have to dip into the Mercedes driver pool. He said, “We have an agreement with Mercedes regarding reserve drivers.

Who is on the cards to head to McLaren?

Apparently, McLaren are eyeing Mercedes Formula E driver Stoffel Vandoorne. It also helps that he is a former McLaren driver himself, having raced with the team in 2017 and 2018. In the unlikely event that Vandoorne is unavailable, Seidl is also open to recruiting the likes of Nico Hulkenberg.

SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 16: Stoffel Vandoorne of Belgium and McLaren F1 looks on before the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 16, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Vandoorne competed in the recently concluded Formula E double-header in New York. Aside from a win in Rome and a podium in Valencia, Vandoorne has not enjoyed a good season. Nevertheless, he will be free because he has no Asian Le Mans Series racing duties. However, he does have a World Endurance Championship race this weekend at Monza.

He will also be thankful that the 24 Hours of Le Mans is not clashing with the Belgian Grand Prix. There could be a clash for the Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix, but it should hopefully not come to that stage.

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