Sainz deal with Ferrari: 'We could have said no' says Brown
By Srihari HS 04 October 2020 | 10:49
Carlos Sainz has been fortunate with his transfer to Ferrari, says McLaren CEO Zak Brown. The American argued that if Daniel Ricciardo had not reached an agreement with McLaren, Sainz would have stayed. Fortunately, the situation ended well for both.
“We could have kept him (Carlos),” says Brown in the podcast Beyond the Grid. “We had an agreement where we could have stopped that, we had an option. Carlos wanted to explore Ferrari. We could have said no, but we had an interest in Daniel and we kind of thought, ‘If we can end up with Daniel and Carlos ends up with Ferrari, that’s a good ending for both of us.’”
A few months ago, the British team announced that Ricciardo would drive for McLaren from next season. The Australian had long been on the radar of the Woking team. “We tried to get Daniel Ricciardo the first time around, a couple of years ago [in 2018], so he was always highest on our list, and when Andreas [Seidl, McLaren Team Principal] joined, we kept in touch with Daniel.”
“Everything turned out to be a win-win situation,” Brown continued. “The way that we’re parting company – because you never know what’s going to come back around – is awesome, because we’ve got total harmony in the garage,” he acknowledged. (Photo: McLaren F1 Team)
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