Recently-appointed McLaren executive director Zak Brown is targeting a Formula 1 world championship victory with the British team “by the end of this decade”.
American businessman Brown took over the reins at McLaren following the departure of long-standing CEO and chairman Ron Dennis in November.
McLaren has not won a world championship since Lewis Hamilton’s drivers’ title success in 2008, and has not scored a grand prix victory since the end of 2012.
Brown’s commercial strengths were crucial to his appointment at McLaren, the team having raced without a title sponsor since Vodafone’s exit at the end of the 2013 season.
Speaking to the Financial Times, Brown was asked whether his main goal was to prepare McLaren for sale by boosting its commercial profile.
“That’s for the shareholders to decide,” Brown said.
“I would not be surprised to be sitting in a McLaren uniform at a grand prix 10 years from now.”
Brown then added that his aim is for McLaren to be winning world championships again “by the end of this decade”.
Brown’s arrival came at a time of great change for McLaren, with Dennis’ departure also being followed by speculation regarding the futures of Ekrem Sami and Jost Capito, the latter only joining the team in August.
Dennis claimed upon leaving McLaren that he was being forced out on “spurious” grounds by the shareholders. Brown made no secret of “trouble” at between the two parties.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out,” he said.
“I’ve deliberately kept my space and know that what all shareholders want are world championships.”