Brown happy with 2021 season – “We wanted to close to the front and we have done it”

McLaren CEO Zak Brown insisted that he was happy with the 2021 season his team had, saying they accomplished what they set out to do.

McLaren had a solid season in 2021, but fans weren’t happy towards the end. That was because of the team surrendering their P3 in the Constructors’ Championship to rivals Ferrari in the second half of the season.

Having dominated the Italian team throughout the first half, the second part of the season saw the men from Woking bottle their lead. They finished fourth, one place below their 2020 standing.

However, Brown insisted that he was happy with the 2021 season his team had, saying all their objectives were met.

Speaking to Motorsport.com, the American said, “This year (2021) we wanted to close the gap with respect to the front, and we have done it.

“We have scored more points per race than last season, we made more visits to the podium, we got a double in Italy and a pole in Russia. Unfortunately, we have fallen to fourth position, and I think that shows the competitive nature of this sport.

McLaren CEO Zak Brown celebrating on the Italian GP podium. Monza September 2021.
Brown (pictured) is happy with McLaren’s 2021 season. Source: planetf1.com

“The pit stops have improved a lot, everything we set out to do at the start of the year to keep getting closer to the leaders. We’ve achieved all the internal key points we set out to do, not counting the World Championship position.

“We have to look back and see this year as a successful one, and keep building on this path to be back in contention for the championship in a few seasons.”

Work in progress

“I think we’re on the right track,” he said.

“We have all the people in place, they are very committed and with long-term contracts, whether they are drivers, team principals or engineers. I’m very happy with our people, which is the most important thing.

“We want to keep going until we have everything ready, although it will not be until 2024, because our wind tunnel needs another 18 months of work, and that’s when the car starts to be designed for that season.”

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