‘C’ team owner Brown pans ‘B’ team owners

One of the worse cars on the F1 grid, the McLaren 'C' team squad
One of the worse cars on the F1 grid, the McLaren 'C' team squad

Back of the grid 'C' team McLaren boss Zak Brown believes the 'B-Team' model in F1, as exploited by Haas and Ferrari, equates to "throwing in the towel" as a championship contender for the outfit that follows the concept.

Of course that beats developing your own car like McLaren does and producing what amounts to 'C' level moving chicanes. Of course someone has to be slowest, so it may as well be Brown's team.

"I think Haas has done an excellent, excellent job given their resources and how young the racing team is. You have to admire what they have done," said the McLaren Racing CEO.

"I think Liberty are going to address the ‘B-team business model’ because I think it allows the big teams to benefit from the B-team.

"The benefits are everything from technical, to political, to, we’ve seen, on track activities this year that people believe were questionable.

"I think all three of those scenarios is not what Formula 1 is about and need to change for the health of the sport, and I believe they will.

"Liberty have that in their plan, to address B-teams and to what degree you can be a B-team."

"Our belief is a B-team will never be able to compete with the A-team and therefore while maybe going to that business model in the very short-term could make you more competitive quicker and be fiscally a better proposition, I think you are giving up on any hopes of racing as a championship contender," contends Brown.

"Therefore, going for B-team status would be throwing in the towel of being a championship contender.

"We think it is critical that Liberty, in the new Formula 1 world, addresses that so all teams can have a fair and equal chance to compete for the championship on a more level playing field."

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