Zak Brown has previously expressed his opinion on Red Bull and AlphaTauri’s close alliance in F1. McLaren’s chief executive has now called for quick changes.
McLaren chief executive Zak Brown has called for swift changes to F1 rules on how closely two teams can work together. Brown wrote an open letter late last year in which he took aim at the relationship between Red Bull and AlphaTauri, which is set to strengthen this year. Red Bull has owned AlphaTauri (formerly known as Toro Rosso) since 2006 and has often used it as a team to field its young drivers. A closer technical alliance is set to be undertaken by the two teams this year, with Alpha Tauri buying as many Red Bull components as the technical regulations allow.
Brown has increased his disagreement with that relationship, calling the setup “outdated” amid the introduction of the budget cap in 2021. I think everyone is pretty clear about what the rules are, Brown told the media. However, I think the rules need to be reviewed and amended quickly. I think ownership of the A-B teams is now outdated for the reasons put into place many years ago.
It was before the budget cap and we had a huge difference between our budget, Mercedes’ budget and Force India’s. The purpose was to help the smaller groups. Now that we have a budget cap that I think everyone pretty much moves to, it’s a lot more fair and level playing field financially. So we have to maintain fairness for the fans and fairness for the sport. Having teams working together, I think, is against the spirit of the manufacturer definition.