Zak Brown

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I would like to see McLaren-Honda competing at Indianapolis every year. Originally I thought this was an idea we could pursue in 2018 and given the circumstances of how we are running in Formula 1 right now, and Fernando's desire and our desire, and Honda's desire, this created a very, very small window of opportunity that we jumped on.feedback
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Apr 24 2017 Honda
Zak Brown has been quoted 33 times. The one recent article where Zak Brown has been quoted is McLaren wants to do Indy 500 'every year'. Most recently, Zak Brown was quoted as having said, “McLaren is a big fan of IndyCar racing, we think it's fantastic motorsports and I've personally been around it my whole life so I'm very excited on a personal level to be here. And we had just enough time to do this very properly. When I called Mark [Miles, CEO of IndyCar], and ultimately Michael [Andretti, Andretti Autosport boss] it was good that he was already far down the road with the car, because we need to be competitive. The whole idea is to run at the front of the field.”.
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Then when Fernando and I were with [racing director] Eric [Boullier] and Honda in Australia it came up in conversation, one of the mornings, and Fernando brought it up and said 'Honda, you have an unbelievably great history at the speedway, I have a dream to win the Triple Crown and wanted to do Le Mans in the past and I'd love to do the Indy 500 with you. There wasn't a timeline on it but I thought 'Ah, he might actually be serious about this!feedback

I don't think we've done a good enough job of telling the story of McLaren. Yes, F1 is what we are aiming for but we are a great automotive company. The power of our brand is much stronger than our week to week race results.feedback

Of course we want him to stay. We have a contract and he wants to stay and he has been very consistent in saying that, including at dinner on Friday night. While he is as frustrated as the rest of the team he has said: 'I'm not going anywhere.' So he is not going anywhere.feedback

Not good at all, terrible. Now in saying that, any other sport that's outdoors, we've seen Wimbledon... we've seen that cancelled, moved etc, so it happens. I think what we need moving forward is a plan of when this happens -- a contingency. Should we be opening up the paddock and letting the fans in? Obviously everyone had to be on standby during practice because we didn't know until they said we're not doing it. So I think we need a contingency plan. I think that's the best we can do, we can't change the weather.feedback

What can we do to entertain the fans more, certainly those here and then also those [watching] on television. At the end of the day everyone is here expecting a show, so we need to put on a show. At the same time is there a different way to get the rescue situation sorted. I think it's all of the above.feedback

Obviously we saw Lewis running around and Fernando was playing around in the garage, trying to provide some entertainment for the fans. I think in this new era there's a real collaboration between the teams and the rights holders, so I think at the end of the day it's our collective responsibility to take care of the fans. I think this is something to add to the list.feedback

We would have liked to see different progress from '16 to '17, but I think we've identified, they've idenitified what the majority of the issues are, and we're working hard on them. Just to get two cars to the finish compared to what testing looked like, I think we can see in a short period of time they addressed reliability, so now we need to continue with that reliability and get some more power and they've got a plan, it's just going to take a bit of time.feedback

We've been to Japan a lot, they've been with us a lot. The top bosses are out again this weekend. We're all knuckling down and working super hard. There's no conversation going about quitting or going different ways.feedback

This year, clearly the start of it is a disappointment to where we thought we would be. We're in year three. If you go back and look at how long Mercedes, Renault, Ferrari have been in, they've got decades of head start, so this year's definitely an initial setback. But we're very committed to them, they've very committed.feedback

Oh yeah, we definitely can. We definitely need things to change. We're not happy, our fans aren't happy, they're not happy. We're a team that's used to winning races and world championships, and we know this was going to be a bit of a journey.feedback

You would expect him to make comments about competitiveness - so I don't think that is a surprise or unhealthy. It is tough on all of because and we get interviewed a lot, every once in a while you let a little emotion get to you and you say something that gets construed in the wrong way, but the relationship is very healthy.feedback

I think Fernando wants to be very competitive, and if you look at any world champion driver, they are not satisfied unless they are winning. That is why we have them.feedback

We've got various upgrades throughout the year but nothing substantial where we'll come out with a grand prix that is significantly different to what we have.feedback

Yeah I think it is just that. Race-by-race we can get a little bit more power, a little bit more speed, not compromise reliability, then just every race if we can improve upon, I don't think they'll be a step change in any one grand prix, it'll just be gradual progression as the game plan.feedback

Over the next decade I expect the way Formula One is run will become both freer and more fan-friendly.feedback

Formula One wouldn't be the international sporting power-house that it is today without the truly enormous contribution made over the past half-century by Bernie Ecclestone. Indeed, I can't think of a single other person who has had anything like as much influence on building a global sport as he has. Bernie will be a very hard act to follow, but he's created a fantastic springboard from which Chase Carey and his Liberty Media colleagues will be able to take Formula One forward and make it even bigger and even better.feedback

I think the Super Bowl does an excellent job.feedback

I'm going to keep my mouth shut and not make any predictions but we need to get back to winning soon. I think we're on a good path.feedback

I'm positive we are going to bring in new partners.feedback

We need partners and ultimately a title partner is a critical partner.feedback

I spoke to him recently and as a shareholder he will have a big vested interest in our success.feedback

The potential for the sport is untapped. I think it needs, as an industry, to be much better marketed. It's not where it needs to be.feedback

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