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Zak Brown

Brown 'pumped' by McLaren future: 'Driver lineup as good as any team'

Despite a troubled start to 2023 with an uncompetitive car and several backroom reshuffles, Zak Brown is confident that better times are lying ahead, partly thanks to their promising driver lineup.

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McLaren CEO Zak Brown says he is optimistic about the team's future – despite their poor start to 2023.

A reshuffle in the off-season saw previous Team Principal Andreas Seidl leave to be replaced by the team's Racing Director Andrea Stella.

Following a poor start to 2023, Technical Director James Key was released and the team's technical structure was revised.

McLaren are currently fifth in the Constructors' Championship, but only have 14 points from the first five races of 2023, with Lando Norris' sixth place in Melbourne the team's best finish of the season so far.

But despite a troubled start to 2023, Brown sought to accentuate the positive, highlighting the culture change that Stella had tried to bring about, and noting that the driving partnership of Norris and Oscar Piastri was arguably the best in F1.

"The energy inside the team right now is awesome," Brown told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"You have a bad weekend, you dust yourself off. Everyone's highly motivated. The culture is great and that's something that Andrea [Stella] is really focused on.

"We're going to have good days, bad days, that's motor racing. But we're all very excited. We see what's coming.

"We're excited about our driver line-up. I think our driver line-up for the foreseeable future is good as anyone's, if not maybe better given the youth and experience, so we're pumped."

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