Is this the man to save McLaren?
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Is this the man to save McLaren?

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When Zak Brown took charge at McLaren, it was a dream come true for the American. The team's disastrous start to 2017 has turned that into something of a nightmare - so how does he turn it around?

At the launch of the McLaren MCL32 on February 24 there was optimism in the air, a hope that Honda's new engine would transform the team's fortunes in 2017, but when I went back to Woking two weeks later, to talk to Zak Brown, the barometer had fallen: in the intervening period there had been the test sessions at Barcelona.

"I think the longest run we did was eight laps," says Brown, "and the most we did in a day was 70-something. Certainly we did fewer than any other team, and through the [speed] trap we were 26km/h [16mph] down on the best. Hard to make that up - I'd say impossible!

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