Sport Zak Brown makes it clear: McLaren's focus remains Formula 1, not IndyCar

14:58  20 february  2021
14:58  20 february  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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CEO Zak Brown sieht die Formel 1 als Fokus für das McLaren-Team © Motorsport Images CEO Zak Brown sees Formula 1 as the focus for the McLaren team

McLaren CEO Zak Brown still has Formula 1 for his own team once explicitly defined as a clear priority, but further involvement in other racing series not ruled out: "Formula 1 is the most important activity in the McLaren world," said Brown on the sidelines of the vehicle presentation of the MCL35M : "In general, the focus is clear always on Formula 1. "

But: "We have successfully added the IndyCar to our program in order to also cover the North American market for our partners. We were able to get the title sponsor of our IndyCar team, Arrow Electronics, to work with us in Formula 1 as well", says Brown.

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McLaren has a glorious history in the IndyCar series; The racing team from Woking in North America was already at the start from 1970 to 1979. During this time he won the Indianapolis 500 in 1974 and 1976 with Johnny Rutherford. Last year, McLaren returned to IndyCar with a full-time engagement through a collaboration with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

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McLaren involvement in WEC and Le Mans?

Most recently there were also rumors about further activities for McLaren. In the room, for example, there was a commitment in the sports car sector via the new LMDh formula, which will replace the DPi class in the IMSA series from 2023 and should also enable use in the World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Brown holds back on this; But he does not want to rule out such a program: "All roads lead to improving our commitment in Formula 1. WEC and Le Mans are interesting for us, but it has to be the right time, the right place and the right resources. [ ...] We want to make sure that we can invest everything in Formula 1 before we tackle other programs, "explains Brown.

After years of dry spell, McLaren returned to the road to success last year and finished the Formula 1 season in third place in the constructors' championship. This year, the Australian Daniel Ricciardo and the Briton Lando Norris will compete for the team.

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