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Zak Brown

Brown: F1 would be 'wide open' if Red Bull had 'two Perez's'

Verstappen has been the class of the field this year.

Brown McLaren 2023
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McLaren CEO Zak Brown believes the battle for the F1 Drivers' championship would be "wide open" if Red Bull had "two Sergios" instead of Perez and Max Verstappen.

The Dutchman is well on his way to a third consecutive title having secured a 125-point advantage over teammate Perez at the top of the standings with 10 wins from 12.

Perez has won the other two races, but a tough run between Monaco and Hungary means he sits only 40 points ahead of Fernando Alonso, with the Aston Martin driver only marginally ahead of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

"As much as Red Bull's killing everyone right now... it's really Max is killing everyone right now," Brown told ESPN.

"That Max, Red Bull combination is just unbeatable at the moment and Max and the team isn't making any mistakes.

"If they had two Sergios in the car, with all due respect, this championship would kind of be wide open. So you've got something pretty special going on with Max and Red Bull."

Competitive championship

McLaren has improved since the introduction of a major upgrade package in Austria, with Lando Norris taking two second places to announce itself to the battle for best of the rest behind Red Bull.

"If you take Max out of it and take everyone who's finished second this year and give them a win, it would be a pretty competitive, exciting championship," added Brown.

"We've had a second, Aston's had a second, Ferrari's had a second, Mercedes has had a second, Sergio's had a second. You would have five teams that would have won a race this year.

"As soon as we all catch up to Red Bull I think that's going to be the state of play for Formula 1."

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