Herbert: Brawn to McLaren makes sense
31 October 2013 – Johnny Herbert believes Ross Brawn could end up at McLaren if he opts to leave Mercedes, as has been speculated.
Brawn has been linked to Williams, McLaren and a role with the FIA should he quit Brackley, but Herbert reckons McLaren could be a natural fit, given Honda will return to F1 with the Woking-based outfit in 2015, and given Brawn, of course, ran the Honda F1 team, until the Japanese manufacturer quit the sport at the end of 2008.
“Potentially I think there is a better chance of success coming [at McLaren], when Honda comes,” Herbert told Sky Sports News, “and then you have the relationship that he [Brawn] had when he was at Honda, and then it went to Brawn GP.
“But of course it was Honda that basically spent the money and got that packaged together. That success they [effectively] had at Brawn, could be something, through Honda, that they could actually bring together at McLaren as well.
“Martin Whitmarsh is there at the moment [as team principal at McLaren] and he has been criticised a lot in the last couple of years.
“But then things have changed [too]. The Honda deal has come along and they have got a good aerodynamicist [Peter Prodromou from Red Bull] that is coming along at the same time, and they say there are more personnel coming onboard as well. We will have to wait and see exactly who they are.
“But that [Brawn to McLaren] is a possibility of course.”