Zak Brown, the team owner of McLaren Racing, thinks that the FIA needs to evaluate and maybe change the rules and specifications for the F1 super license. Brown noted that other world champions, including Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen, would not have been granted a license under current criteria given American driver Colton Herta’s effort to accomplish the same.
During a press conference during the IndyCar championship at Laguna Seca, Brown stated. “I think the entire licensing structure needs to be revisited. I understand that regulations are what they are and that they shouldn’t be broken. But I wonder if they are the right rules just because they are in existence at this time.”
“Colton’s caliber, Pato’s caliber, or half the [IndyCar] field are capable of competing in Formula 1. I believe the super license system needs to be reviewed if someone like Colton, who has won several IndyCar races, is not qualified for one. Added he.
The American IndyCar driver has established himself as a true talent in the sport, but he is presently eight points short of the 40 points required to get the super license. According to rumors, Herta may take Pierre Gasly’s post at AlphaTauri in 2023.
Lando Norris disputes receiving team directives from McLaren
Lando Norris has highlighted that functioning as a team is more important to McLaren than having a #1 and a #2 driver, just like it is to the other teams. The 22-year-old driver presently leads Daniel Ricciardo by an enormous 69 points in the drivers’ standings, but he believes that no driver in the McLaren squad is playing a “supporting role.”
The Britishman was quoted as saying: “I hear much too much discussion along the lines of ‘they just care about this driver and they don’t care about the other motorist.’
It applies to all teams, not just ours. When someone claims to be knowledgeable about a subject when they are completely ignorant, it makes me happy. Sometimes the truth is exactly the opposite.
We hold a discussion before every race where we discuss how we can function effectively as a team. It concerns the fact that we don’t function as the top and second.”
“In some circumstances, Daniel can assist me, and vice versa. We talk about that every weekend. With number 1 and number 2 drivers, there is actually no separation of duties. It’s about how we can work together more effectively to get better outcomes overall.” He added.
The driver lineup for McLaren for the upcoming season has been finalized. However, it includes Lando Norris and Formula 2 winner Oscar Piastri, who will take Daniel Ricciardo’s place.