Zak Brown says he would need three cars if Alonso wanted to make McLaren F1 return

15-06-2019 10:56
by Matt Gretton
Zak Brown says he would need three cars if Alonso wanted to make McLaren F1 return

Zak Brown is so confident in his new drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz he wouldn't replace one of them to free up a seat for Fernando Alonso. Brown says McLaren would need to ask for a third car if Alonso wanted to make a comeback.

McLaren sits 4th in the constructors' championship with Sainz holding the slight majority of points. Norris, in his debut year, has demonstrated strong potential while Sainz has delivered the experience at key times. Brown, McLaren CEO, is so pleased with his two drivers, he wouldn't be able to give Alonso a drive.

"Then I first have to ask Chase Carey if I can use three cars," Brown told Auto Motor und Sport.

"We have long-term contracts with our current drivers [Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz] and are also very satisfied with them. Fortunately, Fernando has not yet called. There are currently no cockpits available."

"Our current drivers have done super well so far. They have achieved Q3 in fifty percent of the cases and give us good feedback. Moreover, they get along well, so I don't have to worry about fear when they fight each other."

Renault managed to close the gap between themselves and McLaren as a result of the Canadian Grand Prix. While Brown is pleased with the results, he suggests the British team is batting above their average.

"The team is performing great, that's why we are fourth. We don't have the fourth car, but rather the sixth. But thanks to our good pit stops, the strategy and of course our drivers, we are now doing well. Moreover, other teams have helped us with mistakes. Anyway, our F1 team has certainly taken a step forward," Brown added.

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