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F1 | Zak Brown – Optimistic about the future of Mclaren

All of us are expecting positive developments as optimism is starting to return to the motorsport arenas. 2020 was one of the most brutal years in the history of Formula One due to COVID. In March last year, the season opener in Melbourne had to be canceled after teams, drivers and fans were already on the track. 

Formula one still seems to be recovering from the effects of the global pandemic. The last season’s calendar staged 17-races in the six-month period. In fact, instead of being the season-opener, this year Australian Grand Prix will take place in November. Formula One has planned to hold a record-breaking 23-race calendar in 2021. And Bahrain will now host the first on 28 March this season. 

Many prompting concerns from teams are budding up regarding the impact this schedule will have on personnel. But it is good to have some positive news for a change. 

The current calendar will feature three triple-headers in the duration of eleven weeks in the second half of the season. Stefano Domenicali, F1 CEO, has a plan of reducing the number of races. The suggestion of a rotation system for some events is also a probable scenario.

Zak Brown looking forward to 2021 and ahead

Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Racing Point, McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown and Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul talk in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 14, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Andy Hone/Pool via Getty Images)

Britain’s luxury-car makers, McLaren, faced an existential crisis during the 2020 COVID-19 struck year. But the F1 team was able to end a tumultuous 2020 on a high. The team clinched third place in the Formula 1 constructors’ championship, which was their best finish since 2012.

With vaccines now available and being governed along with their encouraging initial results of the effectiveness, the world finally is hoping to bounce back from the misery the coronavirus pandemic has perpetrated.

Zak Brown, CEO of the McLaren F1 Team, is quite optimistic about the coming years in Formula One history.

“From a Covid standpoint, it was the most brutal year probably in the history of the modern-day world,” he said.

“Fortunately, it seems like there’s some light at the end of the tunnel now with the vaccines coming.

“We and the sport and the world have had to make decisions for the well being of our people and our racing teams and companies around the world unlike any decision making and situation I have ever seen so it has been extremely difficult.

“That being said, I’m quite proud of the way McLaren has handled it, putting the health and safety of our people first while then also putting the health and safety of the racing team.”

Confidence that it is going to be a ‘normal’ 2021 appears to be growing among the civil population.

He added: “Maybe there will be some limited audience early on but let’s hope that these vaccines come fast and furious now and give us a clean run.”

McLaren’s Future, after a year full of crisis

A view of the McLaren factory (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

For the 2021 season, McLaren and Mercedes are reuniting. They had a successful partnership in Formula 1 from 1995 to 2014. This season they are switching from Renault to Mercedes power units.

They have also announced the consortium led by an American investment group called MSP Sports Capital. The Group has acquired an initial 15% stake in McLaren Racing – which potentially might rise to as much as 33% by 2022 – for £185 million.

Not only that, McLaren Group’s automotive and racing operations were almost on the verge of bankruptcy. Their feud with the holders of their bonds led them to a court case. Moreover, last year they lay off 1,200 employees. It was inevitable for them after their product demand declined, compelling them to shut their production down.

They now have a strong balance sheet. They are now picking up sound business decisions. And with all this in place, McLaren’s progress up the grid should not feel the impact. The team’s CEO, Zak Brown, is already planning ahead of this season and trying to build momentum. Keeping in mind the new era of Formula One, which is round the chicane, he has the resources, the right people’s support to propel them back in the front.

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