McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown has attempted to explain the decision to drop James Hinchcliffe for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season in favour of two fairly inexperienced drivers.
Speaking in Austin ahead of this weekend’s US Grand Prix Brown said that in business sometimes things change.
Brown also said that the team took the decision fully in the knowledge that it would be an unpopular one in the eyes of James’ fanbase.
Brown made clear that should the Mayor of HinchTown fail to secure a full time drive in the NTT IndyCar Series in 2020 which seem highly likely he will be considered for the Indianapolis 500 in a third McLaren car.
Brown confirmed that in consultation with the stakeholders they took the longterm view by signing Patricio O’Ward and Oliver Askew.
Brown also said that McLaren have been approached by other teams about Hinch and that he sure he will be on the grid for the opening race in St Petersburg with the help of sponsors and Homda.
Sadly, the timing of the driver announcement would go against what Brown suggests.