Formula One is accelerating for the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend with a sensational cast of racers, however none are from the United States– and McLaren’s CEO Zak Brown has a theory about that.
“The talents are there, the resources are there. It’s really about when and where they get started and to get into Formula One,” Brown informed CNBC’s John PatrickOng
As is generally the case, this year’s F1 chauffeurs are mainly from European nations, such as Italy, Spain, France, the United Kingdom.
“The traditional route is you start in carts in Europe and you work your way up through the European Junior formulas, and we don’t have enough American drivers.”
F1 has a series of young motorist advancement programs based in Europe, such as the Ferrari Driver Academy in Italy and Sauber Academy.
“Because of the testing restrictions, it’s now difficult to take a driver out of America who maybe hasn’t been around these tracks,” McLaren’s CEO Zak Brown stated.
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In the United Kingdom alone, there are a couple of programs like the Mercedes Junior Team, Mclaren Driver Development Programme and Williams DriverAcademy
Brown included that screening limitations are another barrier for American chauffeurs.
“Because of the testing restrictions, it’s now difficult to take a driver out of America who maybe hasn’t been around these tracks,” Brown stated. “We only get three days of preseason testing, so you want a driver that knows the tracks, knows the team.”
The CEO stated that what F1 truly requires are more American chauffeurs in the junior solutions increasing through the ranks.
“But for sure, we will have an American World Champion rider one day.”
Lack of female racers
When inquired about the lack of female racers in F1, Brown compared the circumstance to the one American chauffeurs deal with.
“It’s about having more young girls racing karts … at seven, eight years old and having enough of them that the best rise to the top.”
“But I believe we’ll see a female racing driver, and I hope she’s driving a McLaren.”
McLaren just recently revealed it will be changing eight-time Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo with 21- year-old Oscar Piastri.
When asked if McLaren is taking a look at a long-lasting tactical shift towards young chauffeurs, considered that McLaren’s other motorist Lando Norris is simply a year older than Piastri, Brown stated, “no, you always want a blend of experience.”
McLaren just recently revealed it will be changing eight-time Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo with 21- year-old Oscar Piastri (above).
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” I could not be better due to the fact that all our of our huge rivals have a young motorist and a knowledgeable [older] motorist,” Brown stated.
“We’re lucky that we got Lando at such a young age that he’s now experienced, but also has youth.”
Norris signed up with the McLaren F1 racing group in 2019 at the age of19 Prior to his F1 launching, he was a test and reserve motorist for McLaren.
Tighter spending plan
F1 cut its expense cap to $140 million at the start of the year in the face of skyrocketing inflation, which’s impacted how McLaren runs things. The expense cap restricts just how much each group is enabled to invest throughout the season. The quantity is set to visit another $5 million next year.
But although the tighter spending plan has actually made it harder to designate resources, it has actually stabilized the F1’s playing field due to the fact that specialists “can’t just spend more” now, Brown stated.
“Formula One, historically, has been a sport where you can spend your way out of a problem. Now you can’t because we all have a ceiling on how much we can spend.”