No one needs an introduction upon the legacy and heritage of McLaren. Aside from their main functionality that is Formula 1, they have had a presence in competitions such as IndyCar, Can-Am, and Formula E. Their dominance in the 80s and 90s were beyond description and CEO Zak Brown refers to that being the scope of development for the team ahead of the start of 2021 season from March 28 in Bahrain.
The Woking-based outfit have been making some strides since 2017. But it was not until 2020 that they fully came into their own and held the edge in a tightly contested midfield fight. But now that they have had a new and much more experienced driver like Daniel Ricciardo coming in, will they be able to improve upon their F1 trajectory? That remains to be seen.
Zak Brown talks about McLaren priorities going into 2021 season
McLaren CEO Zak Brown stated, “Formula 1 is the most important activity in the McLaren World. In general, the clear focus is always on Formula 1.” (translated via Google Translate)
“We have successfully added the IndyCar to our program in order to also cover the North American market for our partners. We were able to get the title sponsor of our IndyCar team, Arrow Electronics, to work with us in Formula 1 as well.”
McLaren re-entered IndyCar through an alliance with Schmidt Pearson Motorsports, and now compete as the ‘Arrow McLaren SP.’ The team enjoyed decent success with five podiums in their debut season as joint-owners in 2020.
“All roads lead to improving our commitment in Formula 1. WEC and Le Mans are interesting for us, but it has to be the right time, the right place and the right resources. …]”
“We want to make sure that we can invest everything in Formula 1 before we tackle other programs,” concluded Zak Brown.