F1's 2021 rule changes could play into McLaren's hands - Brown

16-05-2019 19:00
by Bobby Vincent
F1's 2021 rule changes could play into McLaren's hands - Brown

McLaren CEO Zak Brown believes his team can use the planned 2021 Formula 1 regulations change to its advantage.

McLaren has endured a painful last few seasons, and subsequently there have been major changes to the behind-the-scenes going ons at the Woking-based team.

Andreas Seidl joined as team principal at the start of the month, with technical boss James Key joining from Toro Rosso - with the engineer starting at the Bahrain Grand Prix six weeks ago.

Formula 1 are set to introduce a major overhaul for the 2021 season, with its sporting and technical regulations. The exact rules have yet to be revealed, but Brown believes McLaren can use them to the team's advantage.

"We in the short-term are battling some teams with very large budgets," Brown said. "We all know the issues that sit in Formula 1 today, and that I think it will be fixed from 2021 onwards.

"I think as Formula 1 moves into its next phase, I think that plays to McLaren's strengths, and so we needed to start the rebuilding process, starting with Andreas and James Key and Gil (de Ferran) and all the other individuals and promoting within, and just generally working as a better team.

"And we need to build a better race car, which I think we've done this year. We've got started with two new drivers, which is the first time we've had two new drivers in quite some time, and I think they've done an excellent job.

"It's going to take a little bit of time for that to all come together. I do think it will be in that window, hopefully somewhere more in the middle, but I have no doubt we'll get back to winning races."

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