McLaren ‘Excited but Also Nervous’ Ahead of 2021 F1 Season With Mercedes Power

Published 02/11/2021, 6:10 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


McLaren showed an impressive improvement in their performance last year, recording their best season since 2012. The Woking outfit claimed 202 points and beat Racing Point to the third position at the season finale.

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Going into 2021, the team is looking to carry forward the momentum to this season as well. They signed Daniel Ricciardo for a two-year contract and hope to claim a top-three position once again. Looking forward, McLaren boss, Zak Brown, is excited about the season but is also nervous.

“Any time you’re making a substantial change, you run the risk of reliability and installation [issues], and just understanding the transition,” Brown said regarding Ricciardo’s debut with McLaren.

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – Lando Norris of Great Britain driving the (4) McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault leads Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Leonhard Foeger/Pool via Getty Images)

“Compounding that with the reduction in testing, we are excited but also nervous that we’re going into the season with the least amount of time we’re allowed to prepare on track. It’s not ideal, but I feel we’re well prepared,” he explained.

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In a conversation with Jenson Button last week, Zak Brown expressed his views on motorsport going electric in the future. As the world moves towards an environmentally conscious era, Brown believes that Formula 1 will continue to adapt and survive.

He said, “I think everyone is still debating [what the future of motorsport will be]. Is it electric? Is it some form of hybrid? Is it even hydrogen? What I’m comfortable in is that F1 will continue to develop in whichever way the world goes.”

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren during the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

“I’m not worried about whether F1 will be out of date in ten years. F1 always moves with the times,” said the Woking team’s principal.

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Aston Martin has made their intentions clear about beating McLaren out of the top-three position. Thus, the mid-field battle this season is going to be much more difficult.

Do you believe McLaren will come out on top of the midfield and claim the P3 position this season as well? If not, who do you think will outperform the Woking outfit?

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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