IN THE EVENT: McLaren Racing CEO Zach Brown says McLaren is involved in top-level sports car racing as IMSA and it’s a matter of ‘when’, not ‘if’.
McLaren ‘a matter of when’ as it enters top-level sports car racing – Brown
McLaren Racing CEO Zach Brown says it’s a matter of ‘when’, not ‘if’, that McLaren will be involved in top-level sports car racing like IMSA.
With the World Endurance Championship and the IMSA series introducing the Hypercars and LMDh classes to endurance sports car racing, many manufacturers have joined their own programs – including Ferrari, Peugeot, BMW and Lamborghini.
Speaking on an episode of Marshall Pruett’s podcast, Brown admitted that McLaren’s involvement in high-level sports car racing such as IMSA is something the organization should pursue.
“I want to bring McLaren to the top level of sports car racing,” said Brown. “I think we should be there. I think it fits our brand.
I have to be sure that when – I mean if we go in and ‘engage’ – we need to be able to do it right and have everything we’re doing in a good place.
“I think it’s a few years away. We need to make a decision soon because we now know what we need to know to make a decision. The best time to enter depends on what else is going on in the world of McLaren.
An unimpressed Verstappen refused the order.
Former Formula 1 driver Hans-Joachim Stuck says Max Verstappen’s refusal to follow Red Bull’s orders at the Brazilian Grand Prix was a “lack of discipline”.
Red Bull asked Verstappen to pass Sergio Perez on the final lap of the Brazilian Grand Prix, but the world champion refused. Stuck, who has scored two podiums in his six-year F1 career, said Verstappen was wrong not to obey them.
“The first order in Formula 1 is to follow the instructions of the team unconditionally, because the drivers have signed a contract,” he told Eurosport.
Stuck shared former team principal Bernie Ecclestone’s view of the incident. “It was very clear there,” he said. If one of the drivers hadn’t followed such instructions, Bernie would have thrown him out.
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