Cape Town - McLaren would be prepared to put together a financial
package or use a driver as a makeweight in order to bring in new technical
director James Key early.
McLaren have announced Key will be leaving his role at Toro
Rosso to join them, but he still has a lengthy contract to honour with the Red
Bull junior team.
So, in order to accelerate the process, McLaren would
consider some form of a compensation deal which could include one of their
drivers heading in the opposite direction to Key.
Toro Rosso had already made an approach for Lando Norris
earlier in the season to replace the under-pressure Brendon Hartley, and
McLaren would be open to a scenario which sees the Brit being used as a
"In the world of F1 there's always ways and
opportunities to change situations," Brown said. "That's certainly
something that we'd potentially consider.
"We have hired James Key and he will become our
"He does have a current agreement with Toro Rosso and
of course we respect contractual situations.
"I think Toro Rosso and Red Bull are understandably
upset that they're losing a great talent like James Key.
"We have a plan, we obviously knew his current
employment situation and we're completely comfortable working around that
Key's impending arrival is all part of a major backroom
shake-up at McLaren which has already seen technical bosses Tim Goss and Matt
Morris, plus racing director Eric Boullier, depart, with sporting director Gil
de Ferran and performance director Andrea Stella forming a new-look McLaren.