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.
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.
“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.
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.”
“I’m not worried about whether F1 will be out of date in ten years.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.
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.