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Brown happy with McLaren duo

12th January 2019, 12:53 by Neil Foster

McLaren CEO Zak Brown is confident Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris will be able to fill Fernando Alonso's sizeable boots.

Alonso opted to retire from Formula 1 at the end of the 2018 season to end his 17-year association with the high-octane sport.

The last four years were spent in an unsuccessful McLaren car, with the Spaniard frustrated that he was unable to compete on an equal footing with the biggest teams.

Sainz and Norris will now pair up in an all-new driver line-up for the Woking-based marque as McLaren try to recapture the glory years.

Norris will enjoy his debut season in 2019 while Sainz has been around for a while, and Brown feels the fact the Spaniard has driven for Toro Rosso and Renault will stand both him and the team in good stead.

"Carlos has a lot of experience and it is good that he has been in a couple of different teams," he told Motorsport.com.

"Lando has proven that he is extremely quick so as far as ultimate performance of how fast our race car is, I think those drivers will get the most out of the car.

"Someone like Lando does not have the experience of Fernando, nor the type of feedback, and it will take some time for him to develop, but for Carlos it is his fifth year in the sport , so we are comfortable with our drivers."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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