McLaren’s Indy prospects have improved “night and day” for 2020

Speaking to the media at Silverstone ahead of this weekend’s Formula 1 British Grand Prix, Brown declared that McLaren’s partnership with what was previously called the Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team has created a “totally different environment”.

As team co-owner Sam Schmidt highlighted to earlier this week, the squad’s full-time drivers, fellow Indy Lights champions Patricio O’Ward and Oliver Askew, have done a fine job in a difficult season for inexperienced drivers with zero in-season testing opportunities and restricted practice sessions on two-day race weekends. Despite these hurdles, each driver has landed a podium finish in the opening six races of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, and O’Ward also took pole at Road America.

Said Brown: “Our IndyCar team has now had a strong start to the season – two podiums, we almost won at Road America. We’ve been strong on road courses, strong on ovals. The team is very well prepared.

“We’ve brought in Craig Hampson [heading R&D department and Alonso’s race engineer for Indy], who is arguably one of the best engineers in the sport.

“So I think we’re much more prepared, integrated into what is now Arrow McLaren SP versus going and buying a couple of cars, being a one-car team, lacking any data,…

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