McLaren F1 future secure as crew guidelines out Audi sale

Audi’s father or mother firm, the Volkswagen Group, is a sophisticated state of preparations with its efforts to get the German producer and its sister model Porsche to enter F1 from 2026.

Whereas Porsche appears set to tie -up with Purple Bull, Audi’s plans will not be so sure as it’s nonetheless weighing up its choices.

The corporate has held talks with McLaren and one possibility that was being evaluated was for a full takeover of the squad that will have resulted in it changing into the official Audi F1 crew.

The Audi entry would then have probably led to a situation of the McLaren identify disappearing from grand prix racing fully.

However talking forward of the Miami Grand Prix, Brown has made it clear that the McLaren identify is right here to remain and there might be no sale to Audi.

Requested by if there was a chance of a whole sale, Brown mentioned: “No, no. Our shareholders are very dedicated to McLaren.

“We did have conversations with Audi, and we’re not on the market. We’re very dedicated to our future and we’re doing rather well on the observe.

“Shareholders are making substantial investments to offer our crew the sources we have to get again to the entrance, and commercially we’re doing rather well. Morale within the crew is actually good. We haven’t any curiosity in promoting the racing crew.”

He added: “We’re McLaren F1. That is what we’ll stay, and we’ll stay proudly owning the racing crew.”

Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing

Photograph by: Alexander Trienitz

Brown’s confidence about the way forward for McLaren is predicated on the improved monetary state of affairs on the crew, which has turned issues round from a money disaster initially of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Particularly, he cites an $185 million take care of investor MSP Sports activities Capital as giving the crew a bit extra of a stable footing to make selections in its personal finest pursuits.

“We’re in a extremely robust place and we weren’t 18 months in the past,” he mentioned. “MSP Sports activities Capital got here in and invested, and also you guys all know the state of affairs we have been in 18 months in the past. That now looks as if a very long time in the past, particularly given the state of play now.

“Our phrases for any partnership could be we retain possession of the racing crew. And if anybody needs to have a dialog that’s totally different to that, then there is no dialog available.”

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However whereas a sale to Audi has been dismissed, Brown says {that a} determination about which engine McLaren makes use of from 2026 stays a very separate matter.

“We can’t take into account a buyout of McLaren, however it’s as much as Andreas [Seidl] to determine what energy unit he needs at the back of the racing automotive,” he mentioned.

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