Formula 1 | Brown: McLaren F1 will be able to compete for the world championship from 2025

McLaren F1 CEO Zak Brown aims to re-enter the race for the Formula 1 world championship in 2025.

The Woking team has not had a great start to Formula 1’s new regulatory period in 2022, in addition to falling behind in the construction of its new infrastructure. So he fell back in the hierarchy, finishing fifth in the constructors’ championship last year, when he finished fourth in 2021 and third in 2020.

But according to the American leader, the current efforts, the quality of the crew and the drivers Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri will soon allow them to play leading roles on the grid again.

“I think we have two or three years.” Brown tells ESPN. “I would like this year to be like 2021, and we can join the fight for the top 3. But our technological infrastructure is not ready yet.”

“They will be there until 2024, but not for all car development in that year. So I would like to think that 2024 will be a good step forward and then we can join the fight more regularly.”

“Then we will have everything we need in 2025: pilots, personnel, resources, wind tunnel, simulator. So there will be no reason why we can’t fight regularly on paper. On the front lines in 2025. This is certainly is our ambition.”

“There are certain investments that we chose not to make because we made them in our wind tunnel. So it just wasn’t an optimal operating situation, but that will change by the middle of the year.”

McLaren is an even “better” team after the 2022 season

As for McLaren’s descent down the team hierarchy, Brown doesn’t see 2022 as a failure for the team, on the contrary: it has made further progress amid the challenges it has faced.

“In a positive year, there are learnings and failures along the way. I think we are a better racing team today than we were a year ago. As we started 2022 with our brake problem in Bahrain, we weren’t even sure if we could race, so how the team reacted and I was impressed with how quickly he solved the problem.”

“When I took over as CEO in 2016, McLaren was finishing the worst year in its history, finishing 9th in the championship, our fans were disappointed with us, morale at the factory was low, after 5 years we had very little time, we won one race, we almost won another one, we got pole position, we got nine podiums, we got third, fourth, fifth, we fought at the front.

New sponsors and participation in several championships

The American leader also emphasizes the form of his team outside the circuits: since his arrival as CEO, many business partners have arrived. Moreover, McLaren’s sporting activities now extend well beyond Formula 1.

“We have a car full of sponsors with Google, Goldman Sachs, Coca-Cola, Dell, Cisco, some of the biggest companies in the world support us. We were losing more than 100 million dollars a year, now we are profitable. All our infrastructure will start this year.”

“We didn’t have an IndyCar team, now we have three cars capable of winning races, championships and the Indy 500. We got a Formula E team and got our first Extreme E podium. We’re always going to have these ups and downs throughout the cycle, but in 2018 If you look at where we have been as McLaren Racing and where we are now, we have made great progress.

“But we’re only halfway there, right? We want to win races and championships. I feel like we have the foundation, the people, the technology, the financial support to see that light. The end of the tunnel. But it’s going to be very difficult.”

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