British McLaren driver Lando Norris (L) and Australian McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo (R) pose for a group photo with their team
“Signing on the dotted line for this team and stepping into the car for the first time were proud moments, and I will always carry that with me,” he wrote.
“I also want to thank you because first and foremost I am a sports fan and I know what it feels like to ride with someone through adversity and struggle.
“I know what it’s like to support and cheer someone on when they’re not going well, it ruins your Sunday.
“It would have been easy to jump off the bandwagon, but you’ve been pretty much hardcore all year.
“Never underestimate the impact of your support, I certainly never took it for granted.”
“It was the perfect weekend, and it made up for a lot of the tougher ones because we were rewarded with the highest of peaks.
“When you’ve raced with a team, you’re connected for life.
“Of course you change teams, you move on, you change, but those bonds that you make are forever, whether it’s with the mechanics, the engineers, or anyone else on the team that I have work.”
“These people have invested everything in this two-year period, and I will never lose the relationships I have made here.
“There is a part of McLaren that I will always hold close to me.
The McLaren team ahead of the 2022 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit
“I really enjoyed my time with Lando, not just as teammates but as people and friends, we had a great time together and that friendship blossomed,” he added.
“There were a lot of great moments between us on and off camera, and I’m sure you’ll all have your favorite.” It started with us banging drums together and making terrible music, and along the way we got garbage tattoos on each other and were dropped with space hoppers, although Lando didn’t have maybe not liked it so much!
“We laughed a lot, we drove fast and exciting road cars together and we fought our way through it all.
“I’m excited for the future because I feel like I’ve come through the ups and downs of my time here and come out of it,” he explained.
“On a personal level, it hasn’t been ‘everything is fine, anyway’, it has tested my resilience, but I got through it, and now I’m excited to see how I meet the challenges in the future.”
“All the tests I’ve encountered here and everything I’ve learned will only help me.
“As much as I would have liked to win all the races, I am grateful for these experiences.
“My journey with McLaren may be coming to an end, but we’re connected for life now.”