Mclaren’s fans will need to be patient, as they go through a long recovery plan, that will be stretching to a five year period by CEO Zak Brown to the team’s shareholders.
Mclaren has often been regarded as the 2nd best team – behind Ferrari and has been particularly irritated since the advent of the hybrid era in Formula one back in 2014. A partnership with Honda, which has yielded catastrophic results and its association with Renault, has hardly improved McLaren’s fortunes.
A changing in the old guard in the management has put motor-sporting icon Zak Brown at the zenith of the British team, however the American’s leadership has been called into question by critics who have started to wonder if and how McLaren will find its way back to the podium.
However, Brown has revealed that he is backed up by the McLaren shareholders, for his concrete 5 year old plan. “I have presented a five-year plan and within that plan, we think we have a journey to get back to winning races”, said Brown. “And then once you’re winning races, you’re competing for the championship,” Brown said in an exclusive interview with Racer.
“I think it’s critical that Liberty makes changes to the sport because right now, the way the sport is going, it’s difficult for more than two or three teams to compete for the championship”, he continued. “So I think there are things that are out of our control, but hopefully we can influence that need to change for multiple teams to be able to win races and compete for the championship”, Brown added.
“We have laid out a journey and investment, a road to recovery that sees us getting back to the front of the grid in that timeline”, said Brown.
“I think from a time standpoint, clearly we need to show progress,” he added. The shareholders, despite their faith in brown, would like to see some progress in the results. “The shareholders are extremely committed. We’re hiring, so they’re investing in the racing team, and I think anyone who invests wants to see a return and progress.”
“So there’s not a specific timetable in that X has to be achieved by Y date,” Brown said.
“I think what they want to see as we all want to see is us moving forward, but there’s no specific timeline on that.”