Brown: "We have two open seats" at McLaren

05-08-2018 11:52
by Matt Gretton
Brown: We have two open seats at McLaren

Zak Brown drops the biggest hint yet that Fernando Alonso is to leave McLaren as he confirms the team have two seats to fill. It's still unconfirmed if Alonso may be moving to another team, or in fact, moving to IndyCar.

Stoffel Vandoorne also looks likely that he is being shown the exit door after the Belgian fails to find any form in 2018. He has been out-qualified by his team-mate in all races so far this year.

The puzzle doesn't stop here for Brown. He has a young, hungry and eager 18-year-old on his hands. His number one thought is to keep the promising driver in his ranks.

"We want to keep Lando in the family. We're waiting to see ultimately what Fernando wants to because it's also about the package - experience and youth - especially in the situation in where we're building," Brown said in an interview on GrandPrix247.

From that, it sounds like Brown's ideal line-up is Alonso and Norris. He then goes on to speak about Vandoorne.

"We’re not prioritising one over the other. We know our situation with Stoffel and we’re seeing what other opportunities may or may not be available.”

“Reality is that we have two open seats, and it’s our job to get the best driver situation possible and that requires talking to other drivers up and down the pit-lane,” added Brown.

So it sounds as if both are likely to leave the Woking-based team. Which probably makes sense as they look for a full refresh.

But who joins the team? There's interest in Carlos Sainz, Esteban Ocon and obviously Lando Norris. Let us know what you think in the poll below.


What will McLaren's driver line-up look like next season?

(309 votes)
Marcelo Monzon +0 06-08-2018 02:33
F1 is a formula for young drivers , enough said, people.
Sino Zales +0 07-08-2018 05:14
"F1 is a formula for fast drivers."
Marcelo Monzon +0 06-08-2018 02:34
Gasly to Red Bull , Leclerc to Ferrari.

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