McLaren CEO Zak Brown has acknowledged that the team’s recent resurgence will play a pivotal role in retaining the commitment of Lando Norris.
The team’s strategic decisions and revamped performance were integral in reassuring Norris and showcasing McLaren’s potential.
From the outset, McLaren recognized their missteps and the need for upgrades, even pondering the possibility of a B-car.
The much-anticipated upgrades finally arrived at the Austrian Grand Prix, marking a turning point. In the initial eight races, the team accumulated a mere 14 points.
However, a post-Austria surge propelled Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri to contribute an additional 86 points.
Norris secured consecutive podium finishes in Britain and Hungary, while Piastri clinched second place in the Sprint at Spa.
At a time when rivals eyed Norris and Piastri, Zak Brown acknowledges the significance of the team’s resurgence, especially in securing Norris’ commitment.
“I think it’s been massively important for all of us. It shows we can do it,” he affirmed in conversation with ESPN.
Brown highlighted the team’s aim to provide Norris with a car that exudes championship-winning potential, a factor vital in retaining Norris.
“He loves McLaren,” Brown said, emphasizing the familial bond Norris shares with the team.
“It’s been his family, so there’s no doubt in my mind his number one choice is to win a world championship with McLaren.
“Therefore, I think the best thing we do to retain him is to demonstrate to him we’re a team capable of doing that,” Brown added.
He stressed that it’s not about merely attracting Norris but creating an environment where he envisions winning a championship.
In addition to addressing the car’s performance, Brown led the reorganization of the management, with notable additions like Andrea Stella, David Sanchez, and Rob Marshall.
The much-awaited new wind tunnel and advanced infrastructure further contribute to McLaren’s evolving prowess.
“We’re in it now,” Brown declared. He outlined the comprehensive setup, which includes the wind tunnel, simulator, and manufacturing unit, indicating the team’s commitment to progress.
Despite acknowledging the need for time, Brown emphasised their readiness for the upcoming significant changes in the 2026 Formula 1 season.
“As long as (Norris) continues to see our pace and development then I think he’ll have all the confidence in the world that this team’s won 20 world championships and have everything they need, look at the momentum,” he stated.