McLaren chief Zak Brown expects Formula 1’s intense midfield battle of last season to be repeated in 2021 – and believes Aston Martin will benefit from the arrival of a “highly motivated” Sebastian Vettel, while Ferrari will also improve. McLaren clinched a multi-team fight for third place in the Constructors’ Championship at the final race of 2020 also involving Racing Point (now Aston Martin), Renault (now Alpine), Ferrari and AlphaTauri.
“That whole grouping we were fighting with last year we’re going to pick up right where we left off in Abu Dhabi,” McLaren’s chief executive said. “Sebastian Vettel is a four-time champion so while he didn’t have a great year last year, I think he’ll be on his A-game and highly motivated. We’ve got to watch all these guys.”
“We’ve got to focus on ourselves. We’re not just trying to beat Ferrari, we are trying to beat nine other teams. We had a great year last year, they struggled.” he added. “I would be very surprised if they finished sixth again this year, I think that was probably a bit of a one-off. It’s a great team, they’ve got two very strong drivers so I think it’s going to be a very compressed field this year.”