Zak Brown would welcome Sergio Pérez to the Arrow McLaren SP squad in 2021 if the Mexican is unable to find a way to stay on the Formula 1 grid following his departure from the BWT Racing Point Formula One Team.
Pérez still has options, particularly at Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and Haas F1 Team, to remain on the F1 grid, but Brown, the CEO of McLaren Racing, says he would be interested in bringing him over to the NTT IndyCar Series next year if he is available.
Brown acknowledges it would need to make financial sense to add a third car to their line-up, with the team currently fielding another Mexican in Pato O’Ward alongside young American Oliver Askew.
O’Ward, with three podiums in his last six races, currently sits an impressive third in the championship standings with five races of the season remaining, and although Askew is seventeenth, his pace has been strong, and he has a podium finish to his name in Iowa. The addition of Pérez would make for an extremely solid line-up.
“He’ll probably end up in Formula 1, [that] is my guess, at either Haas or Alfa Romeo,” Brown is quoted as saying by Motorsport.com. “But if he had an interest in IndyCar, I think he’s a great racecar driver, and we’d definitely be interested in talking to him.
“We would need the funding for three cars, and at this point we only have the funding for two cars. So we wouldn’t be in a position to sign him today, but it would be something that, in-between the backing that he’s historically had, and the commercial activity that we’ve got going on, and the excitement someone like Sergio would create, we would certainly look to see if we could put it together.”