McLaren's decision-making process "gridlocked"

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McLaren's decision-making process
Adam Cooper
By: Adam Cooper
Jul 13, 2018, 8:43 AM

McLaren Formula 1 boss Zak Brown says that the decision-making process at the team has become "gridlocked".

Zak Brown, McLaren Racing CEO talks with the media
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL33
Zak Brown, McLaren Racing CEO
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL33
Fernando Alonso, McLaren
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL33
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL33
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL33

The management of the team has been restructured after Eric Boullier's resignation.

Brown has made it clear that there are more changes to come, including potentially new hirings from outside.

He admitted there is too much reliance on committees, and not enough on individuals being allowed to make important calls.

"The structure is not allowing certain individuals to be as entrepreneurial as I would like them to be," said Brown.

"I think it has not enabled them to make decisions quickly enough. I think sometimes there is an appropriate time for decision by committee, and then I think there's also times when there should be decisions by individuals.

"At times our decision-making process and the speed with which we make decisions gets gridlocked. So that needs to be changed, and I think our biggest issue has been structural and organisational.

"But there is great talent that we need to unleash that in the current environment has not been able to blossom, and then also bringing in people from the outside that have other experiences to help contribute to shaping a quicker, faster organisation."

He added: "My job leading the Formula 1 team is to ultimately put that pace into the organisation, give the direction, get the right leadership in place and get on with getting back to where I think everyone in this room recognises McLaren should be."

Brown is adamant that changes had not resulted from any internal discussions about how the relationship with Honda had been managed.

"No, we've not had any discussions around the Honda relationship, we're looking at ourselves right now and recognising the mistakes that we've made, learning by those mistakes, making sure we don't replicate them, but we're not looking backwards as far as could we, should we, have done something different."

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