In the round-up: McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown says the team are still considering whether to team up with a power unit manufacture as a works partner in 2026
McLaren considering manufacturer works tie-up for 2026
McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown says the team are still considering whether to team up with a power unit manufacture as a works partner in 2026.
The FIA has confirmed six power unit manufacturers intend to make power units for the new Formula in 2026: Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull, Renault (Alpine), Audi and Honda. Asked by RaceFans whether McLaren hope to become partners with one of the manufacturers or continue as a customer like they remain currently with Mercedes, Brown said it is something the team will consider over the years ahead.
“We’re very happy with Mercedes,” Brown said. “We have some time to decide what we want to do in ’26 and beyond.
“I think it’s exciting for Formula 1 that you have as many manufacturers coming into the sport. I think that shows the growth and excitement for the sport. So it’s something that Andrea [Stella, team principal] and I are in the process of slowly reviewing. We’re not in a big rush and we are very happy with Mercedes. So we’ll see how things play out over the next year or so before we need to make a decision.”
Piastri told not to underestimate F1 by manager Webber
Oscar Piastri says he’s been told by his manager, former F1 driver and grand prix winner Mark Webber, not to underestimate the challenge of racing in F1.
Piastri embarks on his rookie season with McLaren this year after not racing in 2022. He says Webber and his partner Ann Neal have helped him prepare for his debut year.
“There’s been a lot of advice from both Mark and Ann,” Piastri said. “I think to sum it up, I guess not underestimating the challenge of Formula 1.
“It’s obviously a big step up from what I’ve raced previously and also it’s a different dynamic. It’s my first year getting paid to drive race cars, which is pretty cool. So that’s a different dynamic to what I’m used to. And obviously there’s a lot more people in the team. We’ve got about 700 or 800 people here at McLaren as opposed to the 30 that I had in F2 So it’s a lot of different things this year. It’s the pinnacle of the sport. So just being prepared and preparation has been the number one piece of advice.”
Driving Maggotts, Becketts in F1 car “next level” – Sargeant
Williams rookie driver Logan Sargeant was impressed by the cornering speeds of the team’s new FW45 during its shakedown run at Silverstone yesterday.
Sargeant drove in four Friday practice sessions with the team in 2022 and competed a day of running in the post-season test day in Abu Dhabi. Sargeant won the Formula 2 feature race at Silverstone last year, but admitted he was impressed driving a Formula 1 car around the circuit for the first time.
“We were flat through turn one there for the most part,” Sargeant explained. “But it honestly felt really good. But to come back here after last being here in F2, just the amount of speed that you can carry through Maggotts and Becketts and all the high speed, it’s just next level. So that felt pretty good.
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Motor racing links of interest:
Matt Bishop’s Post (Matt Bishop via LinkedIn)
“ollaborating with Seb was an honour and a pleasure, and the work that we did together to support LGBTQ+ equality, and to highlight the importance in sport, business and industry of diversity, equality and inclusivity generally, was an inspiration to many – including to those of us who facilitated Seb’s DEI activities.”
Why F1 shakedown sent Mercedes’ 2022 season into a tailspin (Motor Sport)
“We were on the back foot by about a week, because our filming day was when there was a storm in the UK. And it was a wet shakedown. And we just weren’t going fast enough down the straight at Silverstone to experience any porpoising whatsoever. You could barely keep the car in a straight line, there was so much wind. And it was only late in the afternoon that we experienced something, but we weren’t too sure what it was. And that was the end of the day.”
Inside Lewis Hamilton’s NFL franchise ownership of three-time Super Bowl winners (Express)
“After joining the Broncos as minority owner, Hamilton has been seen in Denver at a game earlier this season after his first trip to Colorado to meet the team. As part of his new role, Hamilton is keen to have a role in improving diversity while working with the NFL to further representation of minority coaches in the sport.”
We haven’t scratched the surface in India, pushing for more events including F1: Ben Sulayem (The Print)
“I am pushing for more events in India and affordable vehicles and we passed that already in the FIA general assembly. We have a new identity for karting and cross cars.” Can the Formula 1 return to India in the near future? “Of course it can comeback… The opportunity is there and I have to break these barriers to ensure it happens. The FIA is for all the members.”
Moment to celebrate: NASCAR starts its 75th anniversary season with a continued eye on change (Sports Business Journal)
“NASCAR rolls into its 75th anniversary season in what could become one of the most defining years in the sport’s history. The sport’s efforts to reinvent itself began before the pandemic and are destined to accelerate. While this season the sport will head to Chicago for the first street race for the Cup Series, NASCAR executives are in active talks to race in the New York City region, a move that would take it into the largest media market in the U.S.”
Netflix’s golf Full Swing an unappetising TV turn-off that doesn’t know its audience (Telegraph)
“In that spirit, and as a golf agnostic, let me say this: Netflix’s new series Full Swing aims to do for golf what Drive To Survive did for Formula One… but shanks it horribly off the tee, into a pond, tries to roll its trousers up and hit the ball out of the pond, falls over in the pond, gets into difficulty, needs rescuing by a frogman, eventually catches Weil’s disease and suffers massive organ failure and dies, horribly, propped up on an uncomfortable chintz banquette in a clubhouse being yelled at by a double-glazing salesman about how many miles to a gallon he gets in the Audi.”
Free PS VR2 Upgrade Coming to GT7! (Gran Turismo)
“We are pleased to announce that the PlayStation 5 version of ‘Gran Turismo 7’ will receive full PlayStation VR2 support through Update 1.29, releasing on 21 February. With this free upgrade, players will be able to experience all the races and game modes (excluding ‘2P Split Screen’ mode) with a whole new level of realism. PS VR2 players will also be able to access an exclusive ‘VR Showroom’ area from their ‘Garage’ or the in-game car dealerships where they can admire all the stunning details of the ultra high-definition car models in a variety of locations and lighting settings.”
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“I’m really happy with today!” 🙌@alex_albon assesses the FW45 rollout 💪#WeAreWilliams pic.twitter.com/grEQyWaku4
— Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) February 13, 2023
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