McLaren CEO Zak Brown critical of Red Bull and set goal to beat them in 2024

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Last Updated on February 22, 2024

In a recent statement, Zak Brown, the CEO of McLaren, expressed a bold ambition for the racing team: securing race wins in the upcoming season.

This aspiration comes amidst the acknowledgment of Red Bull’s formidable performance during the first day of preseason testing in Bahrain.

Brown conveyed confidence in McLaren’s potential progress, suggesting that with sustained development efforts, reaching the pinnacle of success could be on the horizon.

The Red Bull Challenge

While McLaren sets its sights on victory, Brown candidly acknowledged the impressive strength of Red Bull Racing.

“The ambition is to win races this year. It’s no surprise that Red Bull appears extremely strong again. Obviously they’ve done a great job over the winter with their racing car.

Zak Brown

Criticizing Dual Ownership in Racing

Beyond the competitive dynamics on the track, Brown has voiced concerns over the structural aspects of the sport, particularly criticizing the dual ownership model exemplified by Red Bull and its “sister team” Visa Cash App RB.

He argues that such arrangements could potentially harm the sport’s integrity and competitive balance. This critique adds another layer to the challenges McLaren faces, in term of performance because Visa Cash App RB looks a lot like last year Red Bull and is set to compete for Top 5 finish regularly against McLaren, but also in navigating the complexities of the sport’s governance and equity.

Strategic Optimism at McLaren

Brown’s strategy involves building on the momentum from the previous season and continuing the development trajectory that began last summer.

The McLaren CEO’s optimism hinges on the belief that there is no reason the team cannot ascend to the top if it maintains its development pace.

“It would be nice to be able to get one further step towards the top so we certainly want to start where we finished and progress over the season. I see no reason why if we can’t keep up the development that we had since the summer of last year, we should be in a position to get on that top step real shortly.”

Zak Brown

As the season unfolds, it will be fascinating to see how McLaren’s efforts translate into performance on the track and how its critiques may influence the future of racing.

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