Brown: Title success won’t happen overnight

Date published: June 4 2018 - Editor

McLaren won’t win the World title next season, and probably not even in 2020, but Zak Brown insists they are moving ahead with a “clear direction.”

McLaren last won a Drivers’ Championship title back in 2008 with their lack of success in the years after leading to a swap from Mercedes to Honda power.

That proved disastrous for the Woking team, who were ninth, sixth and ninth in the three seasons with Honda.

As a result McLaren again changed engine suppliers in the off-season, moving to Renault power for this year’s championship.

That has already seen improved results, however, not quite as big as what McLaren had hoped for.

The team’s upgrades to the MCL33 have yielded more pace but McLaren are by no means podium contenders, at least not yet.

“It was a definite step forward,” Brown said in an interview with the official F1 website.

“It was good because the car was responsive, and the drivers liked it, so it was substantial.

“And there was good correlation with what we had expected from our wind tunnel research, so it gives us a better platform for the next upgrades.”

The McLaren chief conceded that chasing down Red Bull, which was the pre-season target, is a step too far at this moment.

“We’re too far off that,” he admits. “And it’s not going to happen overnight.”

He added: “I know we’re under pressure, I know I’m under pressure.

“Probably, if there’s a frustrating thing – and you know because you know racing – it’s that people don’t understand just how long these things take.

“Right now, we just have to be head down, doing the hard work, focused, and with a clear direction.”

He added that McLaren won’t win the World title next season, and are unlikely to do so in 2020.

“Right now, we just have to be head down, doing the hard work, focused, and with a clear direction.”