No “bad blood” at McLaren over Sainz departure, says Brown


Brown says Carlos Sainz’s change to Ferrari for 2021 was dealt with brazenly and amicably, whereas in distinction he sees “unhealthy blood” at each the Maranello outfit and Renault, the place the approaching exits of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo have been accompanied by some rigidity between the events.

Brown says that McLaren knew that Sainz had a chance to go to Ferrari, and formally gave him permission to start talks.

That in flip gave McLaren a heads-up and an early completely different to sound out Ricciardo as a possible completely different.

“Carlos and I spoke about it, so it wasn’t listening to stuff by the use of the grapevine,” Brown educated Sky F1. “I actually really feel how virtually all of these driver actions occur is everyone seems to be sneaking all through the as soon as extra of the motorhome, making an attempt to have secret dates.

“I actually really feel McLaren has a bit little little bit of a specific philosophy on with our folks, together with our drivers.

“It was a dialog that Carlos had with Andreas [Seidl] and I over the winter. We really needed to supply him permission to go converse with Ferrari, and we gave him that permission, so it was very above board.

“I actually really feel you in all probability can see by top-of-the-line methods we’re in the long run going to half that we’re very fairly a bit going to race collectively this yr.

“I actually really feel it’s good to see that drivers and groups can separate and there not be animosity, due to I actually really feel that for a lot of who check out numerous of the utterly completely different actions, it seems to be like sadly there’s some unhealthy blood. And nevertheless these folks nonetheless ought to race collectively this yr. I’m fairly happy with how we’ve all dealt with it.”

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Brown says Sainz carried out even higher than anticipated in 2019, and he expects the Spaniard to be a race winner with Ferrari if the automotive is sweet ample.

“He did a bigger job than I even thought he was going to, and clearly we wouldn’t have signed him if we didn’t assume he was going to do job.

“Nonetheless he actually didn’t make any errors. When you look as soon as extra I consider in Bahrain [in 2017] the place he had that foolish incident as soon as extra contained in the Toro Rosso days popping out of the pits.

“You didn’t see any of these rookie errors which you anticipate from a youthful driver. Exact maturity, numerous tempo – let’s not overlook he had a poor begin to the season, getting caught out in qualifying in Australia by Kubica’s tyre blowout, so he didn’t actually begin scoring components inside the primary couple of races.

“He labored moderately correctly with Lando, He’s very quick, he’s a gaggle participant, I on no account felt nervous when Lando and Carlos have been spherical one another contained in the observe. Among the many many utterly completely different groups you see the group mates get shut to at the very least one one different, they usually additionally appear to have magnets.

“I actually really feel he’s going to go moderately correctly at Ferrari, I actually really feel he’s going to present Leclerc a run for his cash, I actually really feel he’ll be actually good for the Ferrari mould. Within the occasion that they’ve a race-winning automotive I actually really feel Carlos goes to win races.”

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