McLaren CEO Zak Brown comments on Mercedes’ engine issues

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McLaren CEO Zak Brown says his team hasn’t experienced a lot of the engine problems that Mercedes has, but he’s sure they will “get on top of the issue”.

From 2021 McLaren is again powered by Mercedes, after they ended their previous relationship at the end of 2014.

Despite the engine issues Mercedes has experienced in 2021, McLaren CEO Zak Brown says he has full confidence in the German manufacturer.

“Mercedes has been a great partner,” Brown said.

“They’ve certainly met and exceeded our expectations. They’ve helped us get back to winning races and scoring podiums. Our reliability has been very good.

“I know they’ve had their challenges. I think there are elements that go into reliability that aren’t necessarily exclusively the power unit – it’s car design, it’s cooling, it’s the packaging.

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“So all I can do is speak for McLaren’s experience, which is that we’re having a great run with Mercedes. They’ve an unbelievable track record.

“Of course, we’re always concerned about anything when it comes to reliability, that’s not exclusive to the power unit.

“But we’re very happy with Mercedes, and their track record speaks for itself, so we’re not worried they won’t get on top of the issue, and we haven’t experienced a lot of the issues they’ve experienced.”

Brown adds that everything that has transpired over the 2021 season proves McLaren is getting the same equipment as Mercedes’ works team.

“What it does show, for those concerned as to whether you can get equal equipment as a customer team, we’ve demonstrated and Mercedes has demonstrated that the answer to that is yes,” concluded the American.

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