McLaren Formula One chief Zak Brown left Lando Norris speechless after his brutal dig at Lance Stroll.
Brown, along with McLaren drivers Norris and Oscar Piastri, appeared on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio UK when they were put through a game of question and answers.
The American boss, 51, consistently beat his drivers in the quiz but suddenly decided to fire a shot at rivals Aston Martin by saying: “I’m dominating. This is like [Fernando] Alonso on Stroll.”
Piastri was left giggling while Norris was visibly shocked, suddenly sporting a wide smile after hearing his boss call out the Aston Martin driver live on air.
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It comes after Stroll’s difficult first half to the 2023 season. The Canadian, whose father Lawrence owns the team, began the season by breaking his wrists in a cycling accident.
To the surprise of many, he still competed at the Bahrain Grand Prix, finishing sixth and earning plaudits for the remarkable feat. But his performances have since faltered, picking up just 47 of his team’s 196 points while veteran team-mate Alonso has outshone him repeatedly and currently sits third in the drivers’ championship.
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While being outperformed by a two-time F1 world champion is not necessarily a poor reflection on the Montreal-born driver, the difference between their points scored suggests the 24-year-old is not making the most out of his car.
Speaking to Motorsport Magazine, Stroll recently said there have been many factors out of his and the team’s control this year. However, he did admit Alonso is faster and better than him at the moment – something he is eager to change quickly.
He said: “I think this year is honestly a lot of things that are out of our control that have really affected us. And I think if we have clean weekends, the results will be better.
“That’s what I honestly believe, but also just getting more out of the car and driving a bit faster because, right now, Fernando has generally been faster than me. So I have to figure out how to go a little bit faster around the corners. Simple… That’s what we’re here to do, right?”
Stroll has the chance to put his words into action at the Dutch Grand Prix this weekend after a month-long summer break. Meanwhile, McLaren are fifth in the constructors' championship with 103 points – 93 behind Aston Martin.
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