McLaren says 2020 WEC entry 'highly unlikely'

McLaren has ruled out entering the World Endurance Championship for the 2020/21 season, despite efforts to attract new manufacturers such as the British manufacturer with the introduction of new hypercar regulations.

McLaren forms part of a working group which is helping to form the new WEC regulations which will be based on road-going hypercars, and whilst McLaren CEO Zak Brown says they remain actively engaged in those discussions, an entry in 2020 isn't likely as it works to improve its Formula 1 outfit before committing to other series.

"I don’t think we would be ready for the first year of the new championship," Brown said. "It is under review. The rules have not been finalised.

“We have a sense of what they are and we are very engaged, we have a working group inside McLaren that are not on our Formula 1 activities reviewing it, and I believe the rules are going to be put in place by the end of the year.

“Then we’ll be in a position to take a decision if we’re going to enter and when we would enter, but highly unlikely it would be for the start of the 2020 calendar.”

Brown has also ruled out a full-time IndyCar entry, a decision which was again driven by its F1 struggles.

No manufacturer has yet committed to the new rules, though it's believed Aston Martin and Toyota are close to doing so, whilst Ferrari and BMW have also shown an interest.