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McLaren

Brown reveals McLaren end-of-season dream

Can the Woking-based outfit meet the CEO's wishes?

Zak Brown Belgium
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McLaren CEO Zak Brown has insisted the team's goal for the end of the season is to finish best of the rest behind Red Bull.

The Milton Keynes-based outfit has run away with the championship lead, sitting 256 points ahead of Mercedes with 10 races to go having secured victory in all 12 events so far, as well as all three Sprint races.

Ten of those wins have come courtesy of Max Verstappen, whose blistering form has seen a 125-point advantage open up at the top of the Drivers' standings, with the Dutchman looking near-impossible to stop.

Behind Red Bull, Mercedes is in the midst of a battle against Aston Martin and Ferrari for second in the Constructors' standings, with McLaren now joining the battle after an impressive flash of form following upgrades at the Austrian Grand Prix.

"Red Bull are an incredible team," Brown told Laola1.

"We try to get close to Max, but every time you think you're close he pulls away. It's impressive to watch him," Brown said appreciatively.

"To be the second fastest team at the end of the season, best of the rest, would be very satisfying. There's still a long way to go, but we're definitely back in the game."

Take my hat off

A disappointing start to the year, where the MCL60 failed to meet developmental targets, triggered a management restructure including the dismissal of Technical Director James Key.

Since then, Brown has hailed the commitment of those at the Woking-based factory and added: "The reason for the recent upturn is primarily the people in the factory, from design to production, improving reliability, and at the track and at home, the strategists.

"There's a lot of things playing together excellently.

"Our aerodynamics upgrades have been impressive. I take my hat off to that.

"The drivers are now showing their potential. They also did a very good job before, but now they can be even more convincing in the improved car.

"The first laps at Silverstone were a highlight, my pulse went up again rapidly. It's a shame that Oscar [Piastri] was denied a podium."

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