Norris worried about the 2026 regulations: 'Don't want it to go that way'

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lando norris on the 2026 regulations from the fia
15 June at 18:00
Last update 15 June at 19:01

As soon as the FIA announced the plans for the new regulations, they were the talk of the paddock. Before the Canadian Grand Prix weekend got underway, the new regulations that will grace Formula 1 from the 2026 season onwards were announced, with drivers and team principals having varying opinions on whether the newly designed cars will work effectively and keep racing competitive. Lando Norris gave a very hesitant opinion on the new designs.

Norris: 'When it gets exciting, there's going to be another change'

Speaking on Thursday before the Grand Prix in Montreal, the McLaren driver said, "I've not looked at much, to be honest, not just yet, so I don't think it's worth commenting. But, at the same time, like the last regulation change we did, the last year was the most exciting year between the first and last teams, and then the gaps from first to last too. It's becoming the same gain now, it's Ferrari, it's Red Bull, it's us. Now just when it gets exciting, there's going to be another change."

Since the regulation change in 2022, it has been Red Bul who have dominated the sport. But in 2024, teams like McLaren have caught up to the Austria team, with Norris winning the Miami Grand Prix and highlighting that teams are closing the gap at the front of the grid. With this new change coming and the potential for competitive racing to be lost once again, Norris is worried that this might be the case in the premier class of motorsport.

"I guess there are reasons for it," continued the British driver. "And you want to make the sport also better and for different reasons. Just as the sport gets exciting again, I don't want it to then go the opposite way because of a regulation change, especially with how complicated some of these things are with the power unit and with how the aerodynamics are looking, which is not very simple. You could have massive gaps and then people are going to go, 'Well, it's just boring again.'"