Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Zak Brown - McLaren success still years away

Zak Brown - McLaren success still years away

"Overall, I'm happy, but we know our limitations, which are the same as in France and Austria, because the cars are still the same", he said. We didn't get here overnight and we're not going to fix this overnight. I have no doubts today was my best qualifying session of the all year and the best weekend of the season too, because the entire Saturday went really well.

"Did we have probably a better chassis?"

McLaren announced the resignation of racing director Eric Boullier on Wednesday and the appointment of former Indianapolis 500 victor Gil de Ferran in a newly created role at the struggling Formula One team.

"I don't know if it will be two, ten (years) or something in between, but realistically, it will take a while to solve it", he said.

As for whether Boullier's existing role will be replaced, Brown said that he is unsure.

Brown left the door open for further changes down the line, with this week's reshuffle billed as the start of the process of getting McLaren back to the front.

Brown concedes that the remaining part of the season - 12 races in total - will be challenging, but fourth in the constructors' championship remains a goal.

"I don't want to make predictions, that has got us into trouble in the past so I don't want to repeat some of the mistakes we've made.

What we've announced is not a finished product, it's a starting point.' Brown admitted that this year's McLaren has 'less downforce" than last year's auto which carried the team to ninth-place out of 10 in the final standings.

"I think we have to be very realistic and honest with ourselves, with our fans, with you, to say that this is going to be a journey".

Brown himself said he had consulted the drivers about the changes to the team's structure, but Alonso disagrees that was the case.

'Fernando has enormous experience, ' said Brown. He likes the McLaren environment and he obviously believes in us because he had the chance to leave this year but chose to stay and I believe he wants to be here long term. He wants to win the triple crown and we want to do that with him, but right now we're laser-focused on F1'.

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