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The winner will be offered a one-year contract with McLaren to work in an official capacity as a simulator driver. They will work with engineers at the McLaren Technology Center and at grand prix circuits across the world to develop and improve the machinery driven in the real world by the team's drivers.feedback
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Zak Brown has been quoted 101 times. The one recent article where Zak Brown has been quoted is F1 Turns Its Attention to Esports and Its Younger Fans. Most recently, Zak Brown was quoted as having said, “I think Formula One fans, McLaren fans, they see it as something new in the sport. Sim racing has coexisted alongside motorsport for a very long time, but this is the first time there's really been a crossover with Formula One, and I think people are really keen to see just what happens when the stakes are so high.”.
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Sep 06 2017

He hasn't signed with us yet, negotiations are ongoing and going very well. But you've got to have a Plan B and C in the event that you don't reach an agreement, and we've got those plans.feedback

Sep 06 2017 - Honda

Fernando's not giving us any ultimatum [over Honda]. All he wants is a competitive car. I'll be spending more time with him and these decisions can be based on whether he thinks we're going to be competitive or not. He's not going to be engine-specific in his desires.feedback

Sep 02 2017 - Honda

We can't afford not to be on the podium. It's a big decision it has lots of elements to it and economics are one. Fortunately we have extremely committed shareholders that we can make a sporting decision and deal with economics. They're spending more money so they're doing what it takes to be more competitive. They're doing different stuff now. I don't want to kind of speak on what they're doing, I think you guys know they've acknowledged they're working with outside consultants and that's new.feedback

Sep 02 2017 - Honda

There's a variety of challenges. Some things are in our control, some things not in our control. If everything was done we'd have a decision and an announcement to be made so there are some challenges ahead of us that we need to navigate.feedback

Sep 02 2017 - Honda

We need a more competitive engine. Which they're working on. We need to take a view, which we've not finalized yet, as to whether we think they can get to where we need them to be.feedback

Sep 02 2017 - Honda

We're going to sit down next week with guys that are much smarter on power units than myself, and take a view on what we see their plans are and what they've accomplished and then take a view.feedback

Sep 02 2017 - Honda

This is the month we decide.feedback

Aug 26 2017 - Honda

We did bless the Sauber arrangement which we were officially asked to do and in fact started to get to work on a gearbox. I don't think it's appropriate for me to disclose any conversations we've had. What I would say is we would be very supportive of Honda having a relationship with Toro Rosso and have been asked by Christian if we would be in a position to help with a gearbox if asked, so I think that's about as far as I will go on sharing any conversations.feedback

Aug 26 2017 - Honda

I think all racing teams right now -- whether it's McLaren or Toro Rosso or anyone else down the grid -- we're heading into 2018 so we need to be finalising all of our activities, whether that's driver, car design so that will be soon. As we all know, soon as the summer break is over it seems like it all starts to happen in Formula One.feedback

Aug 21 2017

The F1 audience is getting older and this is part of how we capture the younger generation. This is how that generation will grow up learning about the sport.feedback

Aug 08 2017 - Fake news

It's completely crazy. He would have to first make that request through us, which he has not, and that event conflicts with F1 in Singapore. It's fake news.feedback

Jul 12 2017

There's not this sense of me, the kind of work extra hard the politic or bite. You just get the sense when they make their final decisions they are going to be the same for everyone and then at McLaren, what we've communicated is we are prepared to make some short term sacrifices for the long term gain of the sport because obviously we are one of the teams that benefits from the revenue distribution and while I don't think we need to go to a flat revenue structure, clearly it's too out of balance compared to other sports and that's why we have this out of balance race results.feedback

Jul 12 2017

The transparency in which they're working is great. They're treating everyone fairly and equally. So we are not having to worry about if there's a special deal being cut with one team or another and that whole way the sport has been built so that's refreshing.feedback

Jul 08 2017

Testing. Maybe instead of it all being in Barcelona for eight days, you could move forward to Silverstone and really open it up to the fans.feedback

Jul 08 2017

But I think there should be a Formula One Hall of Fame, you could do racing schools, eSports. If you owned the property yourself there's a lot of incremental activities.feedback

Jul 08 2017 - NASCAR

Nascar owns 22 of the races that they compete at which I think is made up of 12 circuits. Indianapolis owns the Motor Speedway. But I think you've got to buy one before you buy three or four.feedback

Jul 08 2017

I think Silverstone's a great track.feedback

Jul 08 2017

But I wouldn't want to put words in their mouths that that means they are going out and buying it now because I have no idea.feedback

Jun 02 2017

Big congratulations to them that they won [with Takuma Sato]. Good to see an Andretti car win, I'd have preferred it if it ours, but that's been a great relationship so I would anticipate us continuing to work together in the future.feedback

Jun 02 2017

We've got a good history here, North America is a good market for us, we were competitive, so I'd like to see us back.feedback

May 31 2017 - Honda

We've got to work through our issues and our issues are substantial in the back of the car. 2018 is not far away, so we are going to have to evaluate how we get to the front of the field, and as Jonathan Neale my partner in racing [and McLaren COO] has said, all options are on the table and we have to get back to the front. We're not quite sure how we are going to do that, but we are working on it.feedback

May 31 2017 - Honda

Let's see how the next few months go. And I don't know about convincing Fernando, he's going to convince himself whether he feels it's an environment he wants to race in. I think we'll let Fernando and the race team do the talking and see how we are in the second half of the year.feedback

May 29 2017

If we put aside the last 20 laps, which were a massive disappointment, , if we reflect back on the past month, it was outstanding. Fernando didn't put a wheel wrong. [He] showed what a world class world champion he is today.feedback

May 28 2017

We didn't build the thing that was smoking down the front straight.feedback

May 27 2017 - Honda

We've got to give him a car capable of winning races. That's what it's going to come down to.feedback

May 27 2017 - Honda

This is going to be a difficult year. If what you've been doing over the last couple of years doesn't work, then you've got to change how you are doing things, and we are doing that. Honda is making some changes, but what we are not doing is changing Honda. You have to stick by your partners. The question has been asked a thousand times, but we are sticking with Honda, and not just for this season, but beyond this season because we believe when we get it right, we'll be a tough team to beat.feedback

May 27 2017 - Honda

Has this year been a setback? Absolutely, but you can't cry over it. You have to get on with it and pull together. That's what teams do. I wouldn't expect him to stick around if we can't give him a car that's running at the front. If we do, then there is no doubt in my mind he will stay.feedback

May 26 2017

It's every bit as cool, if not cooler, than he thought it would be. He knows Indy can bite at any moment. He's very respectful.feedback

May 25 2017

I think it's a good story. It's a huge story but I think it's good for everybody.feedback

May 18 2017

When we started joking about it I was serious, but I didn't think 2017 -- I was serious about the future. But it was Fernando who pushed for doing it this year and immediately your mind goes into deal-making mode. You think 'if I do this and do that and this domino falls here, then it could happen'. It was then that I thought it was not going to be easy, but that it was possibly doable.feedback

May 18 2017

The hard part was keeping it quiet, which was a little bit easier because it came together so quickly. If you've got a six month top-secret project then forget it, but this thing came together quickly. Even when I was making enquiries, even I didn't think there was a high likelihood. So from start to finish of making it happen was a couple of weeks. It was exciting because we knew it was going to be huge news, but then to be able to keep it quiet until the announcement as well. The amount of emails I got from people thinking it was April fool's day was great!feedback

May 18 2017

It's pretty hard to come up with something these days where everyone is happy. That's not because he's not excited about the Spanish Grand Prix, it's because he knows he's not going to run at the front. It's been a few years since he's run at the front and I think he wakes up wanting to show the world that he's fast. I don't think anyone doubts that, but running around for two and half years with a best result of fifth is nothing for someone like Fernando Alonso to wake up and get excited about. So it's a new challenge.feedback

May 18 2017

He's in as good a place as you can expect for a Formula One world champion who did one lap in the morning practice session of his home race. He just wants to go racing. I think people overcomplicate how he thinks. He just wants to race and he just wants to win.feedback

May 18 2017 - Honda

We have got this great Indianapolis 500 project I'd like to see happen on a regular basis [in future years] but we were able to pull it forward [to this year]. The McLaren brand should be in different forms of motorsport with its history. So everyone wins and there's no bad. McLaren is happy, our employees are happy, Fernando is happy, Honda is happy, Jenson is happy, the fans are happy, it's great for Formula One, it's great for IndyCar.feedback

May 18 2017

The first thing I needed to do was get permission from the [McLaren] executive committee, my bosses. So I remember that moment vividly, Jonathan [Neale, McLaren COO] and I had lunch with Sheikh Mohammed [bin Essa Al Khalifa, McLaren co-owner] and I joked with him because there was a chance he was going to go nuts! But Sheikh Mohammed immediately thought it was a great idea.feedback

May 18 2017

So if we can give him a winning car and somebody else is offering a winning car, we win the tie-breaker.feedback

May 18 2017

I think if all things are equal he would chose to stay at McLaren because of the environment we have provided. I think we would win the tie-breaker from his loyalty to us and the fact that we are racers. Fernando wasn't the only person to make a brave decision to go to Indianapolis, McLaren made a brave decision to go to Indianapolis. So we are in sync with each other on that and we just want to go racing and win races.feedback

May 18 2017

So once I got the blessing from the executive committee, I immediately looked at whether I could pull this thing off. I called Mark Miles [IndyCar CEO] because I was very sensitive to any leakage, especially as I didn't think it was probable. The last think I wanted was McLaren and Fernando rumours circulating at a time when we have got enough rumours circulating as it was!feedback

May 18 2017

Indianapolis has given him something to look forward to, it's been a nice distraction mentally, but I don't think it's been any distraction to what he's doing in the race car. When he's in an F1 car, he thinks about Formula One, but when he wakes up each morning, yeah, I think he's excited to be doing the Indy 500 and a little less excited to wake up and race at the Spanish Grand Prix.feedback

May 18 2017

If we stay on our current trajectory, what news are we going to be making in Monaco? Probably not much, and not great news at least. Now we have a reason for McLaren to be in the spotlight hopefully for the right reasons.feedback

May 12 2017

When Fernando had to stop in first practice, I felt nothing but pure disbelief, then grief and disappointment.feedback

May 06 2017 - Honda

It is very important. Obviously we are having a very challenging time on track [in F1], which leads to a lot of questions about the partnership [between McLaren and Honda]. The partnership is going to be getting stronger and we felt this was a good way to demonstrate that McLaren, Honda and Alonso are one group and we are committed to each other and committed to winning, and it's great that Honda has such a competitive platform in IndyCar.feedback

May 05 2017

I think the Indianapolis Speedway has been a very safe place for a couple of decades now... Fernando is extremely prepared, the car is exceptional, he's going to have a good amount of testing.feedback

May 05 2017

We're very comfortable with our decision, as is Fernando.feedback

Apr 24 2017 - Honda

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

Apr 24 2017

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.feedback

Apr 17 2017

But that is who we want in the car and we've agreed to pick up those conversations in the summer when we have a better sense of where we are. I think he is going to stick to his word, we are going to stick to our word, and if he has some coffees with some friends along the way then that wouldn't be any great surprise.feedback

Apr 17 2017

Well if we give him a good race car we will keep him, I'm confident of that. He really likes the environment. He's been great to work with. He's frustrated but he's a team player and he's helping to motivate us and we want to give him, and Stoffel, a great car. I think a good race car and he sticks around.feedback

Apr 17 2017

Yeah I wouldn't be surprised. I think everyone in the pitlane would like to talk to him that has a seat available. You have conversations and we're not going to put all our eggs in one basket. That would be irresponsible on our behalf as well.feedback

Apr 17 2017 - Bahrain

We have several goals and objectives set and we are working towards them. We don't have unrealistic expectations from where we are today to where we can get to.feedback

Apr 15 2017

I think there is a really good buzz around Formula One. It's early days, finding partners takes time. We've been fortunate to announce a couple [since the start of the season].feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Honda

As Fernando has said - whoever we end up putting in the car, Stoffel is doing an outstanding job, so we will expect whatever the car is capable of, Stoffel to be able to achieve that. As will whoever the co-driver is. We have to look at bigger picture and the entirely of what McLaren-Honda is trying to achieve, for the sacrifice of not having Fernando in Monaco but having him in Indy, when we step back and look at the season we will say that was the right decision.feedback

Apr 12 2017

Fernando's replacement driver is not in place. Those conversations are ongoing, we have a few different options, we will state who that is when we know. Eric [Boullier], who runs the F1 team, is ultimately responsible for making the recommendation as to what driver should go in the car and I think he will be here at the weekend so I can save questions for him, he is working on it. I wouldn't want to share the conversations he has had with whom.feedback

Apr 12 2017

I would love to have Fernando to be in two places at one time but we can't, at least that technology has not yet been developed. I think the opportunity for the prize in Indianapolis is very large and an opportunity that none of us want to miss.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Honda

Well it came about quite quickly. Obviously I'm one of the newest members of the team so while I had aspirations for us to get back to Indianapolis in the future and the thought of doing it with Fernando Alonso and Honda was a stunning idea, felt a bit like a dream and probably a bit early to start pursuing it.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Honda

It is one of those where it's one of those jokes with some truth to it. So I said to Fernando before Australia 'one of these days we should do Indy together'... just kind of threw it out there to see what kind of reaction I would get it, and he kind of joked back. I thought 'Ok, I've thrown the bait out in the water but I'll leave it at that.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Honda

Fernando's desire to do it and our desire to do it and our desire to support him and do it together accelerated how quickly we were able to make this happen.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Honda

A lot of hard work with IndyCar helping us behind the scenes, Michael Andretti and of course it wouldn't happen without Honda's support so that's how we got started and how we've got where we today and I think we're all very excited about it.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Honda

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

Apr 12 2017

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

Apr 12 2017 - Honda

Could Fernando win this year's Indy 500? Well, I wouldn't be so silly as to make any such rash prediction, but I expect him to be in the mix.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Honda

Put it this way, the team he'll be racing for won the race last year, using the same Honda engine, and he's the best racing driver in the world. That's quite a compelling combination.feedback

Apr 10 2017

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

Apr 07 2017

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

Apr 07 2017

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

Apr 07 2017

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

Apr 06 2017 - Honda

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

Apr 06 2017 - Honda

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

Apr 06 2017 - Honda

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

Apr 06 2017 - Honda

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

Apr 04 2017 - Honda

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

Apr 04 2017 - Honda

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

Apr 04 2017 - Honda

Automotive is a different business unit with some common shareholders who we work very closely with. Their engine is a McLaren engine but the F1 team has a different set of economic priorities and ways to go racing so that is not a conversation that we've had.feedback

Mar 24 2017 - Honda

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

Mar 24 2017 - Honda

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

Jan 24 2017

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

Jan 23 2017

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

Nov 25 2016

I think the Super Bowl does an excellent job.feedback

Nov 25 2016

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

Nov 25 2016

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

Nov 22 2016

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

Nov 22 2016

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

Sep 26 2016

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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