Zak Brown expressed his confidence in McLaren’s ability to challenge the front-runners in 2024. However, he candidly admitted that Red Bull, after an exceptionally dominant season, remains the team to beat.
Red Bull’s remarkable success in 2023 allowed them the luxury of diverting their focus to enhance the performance of their current car, the RB20. With the exception of a floor update in Hungary, the team made minimal adjustments yet continued to achieve remarkable success on the track.
Contrastingly, McLaren’s relentless pursuit of performance led them to introduce multiple upgrades throughout the season. While this commitment showcased their dedication to immediate success, it also raised questions about the amount of time allocated to the development of their 2024 car.
Zak Brown shared his optimism about McLaren’s prospects for the upcoming season while acknowledging Red Bull’s position as the favorites to retain their championship title. In an interview with Sky Sports F1, Brown stated, “Well, it’s probably going to be Red Bull, but I would not want to rule anybody else out. There’s a lot of great teams on the grid. We’re feeling really good about our car for next year.”
The timing of Red Bull’s transition from refining the current car to developing the next one remains uncertain, making it a challenge for other teams to gauge the pace of their progress. Brown added, “It’s hard to kind of know when Red Bull maybe stopped developing this year’s car to get going on next year’s. But we definitely feel like we will take a step forward, but so will the entire grid, and we’re just going to have to wait and see.”
With just under three months remaining until the commencement of pre-season testing in Bahrain, McLaren is diligently preparing to evaluate their car’s capabilities. The outcome of these tests will provide crucial insights into whether McLaren can mount a serious challenge for their first Formula 1 title in over a decade. As the anticipation builds, the 2024 season promises to be a thrilling chapter in the ongoing battle for supremacy on the track.