Audi’s mother or father firm, the Volkswagen Group, is in a complicated state of preparations with its efforts to get the German manufacturer and its sister brand Porsche to enter F1 from 2026.
Whereas Porsche appears set to tie-up with Pink Bull, Audi’s plans aren’t 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 may have resulted in it changing into the official Audi F1 crew.
The Audi entry would then have doubtlessly led to a state of affairs of the McLaren title disappearing from grand prix racing completely.
However talking forward of the Miami Grand Prix, Brown has made it clear the McLaren title is right here to remain and there might be no sale to Audi.
Requested by Autosport if there was a risk of an entire sale, Brown stated: “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 very well on the monitor.
“Shareholders are making substantial investments to provide our crew the assets we have to get again to the entrance, and commercially we’re doing very well. Morale within the crew is basically 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 at first of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Specifically, he cites an $185 million deal with investor MSP Sports Capital as giving the crew a bit extra of a stable footing to make choices in its personal finest pursuits.
“We’re in a extremely sturdy place and we weren’t 18 months in the past,” he stated. “MSP Sports activities Capital got here in and invested, and also you guys all know the state of affairs we had been in 18 months in the past. That now looks like a very long time in the past, particularly given the state of play now.
“Our phrases for any partnership can be we retain possession of the racing crew. And if anybody desires to have a dialog that’s completely different to that, then there isn’t any dialog available.”
However whereas a sale to Audi has been dismissed, Brown says a call about which engine McLaren makes use of from 2026 stays a completely separate matter.
“We cannot think about a buyout of McLaren, however it’s as much as Andreas [Seidl] to resolve what energy unit he desires behind the racing automobile,” he stated.