Zak Brown says Mercedes is one of the ‘yardsticks’ for McLaren

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McLaren CEO Zak Brown says his team has “two data points” when it comes to development, and one is: “How close are we to Mercedes?”

In a talk with Speedcafe, McLaren CEO Zak Brown was asked about his team’s targets for 2023. The American said McLaren has two yardsticks when it comes to their development.

“Closing the gap to the front of the field [is the goal],” Brown said.

“We kind of have two data points that we pay the most attention to. One is, how close are we to the team that’s winning?

“If that team is not Mercedes, our other data point is, given what a great team Mercedes is, and we share the same engine – how close are we to Mercedes?

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“So, those are our two primary data points from a competitive standpoint, and we want to be closer to them [this year] than we were [last year].

“Beyond that, it’s hard to set a very specific number to that. Of course, we’d like to get back up to at least fourth in the championship.

“But we’re going to need a little bit more of our technology in place to really be able to break into the top three,” he concluded.

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