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McLaren "seriously considering" IndyCar

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10/06/2018

Should Sebastian Vettel convert pole position in to a victory today, it would mark Ferrari's 11th win at the circuit that bears the name of one of its favourite sons.

However, when one looks at the history of F1 in Canada, where the Grand Prix was held at Mosport in 1967, '69, from '71-'74 and '76-'77, and Mont-Tremblant in 1968 and 1970, victory would still leave the Maranello outfit trailing McLaren which has won the Canadian round of the world championship on 13 occasions.

However, while Ferrari can likely add to its tally today, the odds are very much against McLaren.

Having previously claimed, while partnered with Honda, that it had the best chassis, qualifying 14th and 15th, while the similarly powered Red Bulls and Renaults are all in the top nine, appears to suggests the Woking outfit was being more than a little ambitious.

Yet while the Woking outfit continues to struggle in Formula One, Zak Brown admits the company is looking further afield.

"We're seriously considering IndyCar, we have been doing due diligence for quite some time," he told reporters in Montreal.

"As stated before if we are going to get into other forms of motorsport we need to do it in a way that doesn't compromise our Formula One activities or we won't consider it," he added. "It needs to be commercially viable, something we feel we can be competitive in and fits our brand. It has to tick all those boxes.

"We are not done with our due diligence yet," he admitted, "but it is looking favourable so we'll take a decision in order to be prepared for 2019 sometime in the coming months."

In his bid to claim motorsport's Triple Crown, Fernando Alonso was allowed to contest the Indy 500 last year, the Spaniard giving an impressive performance and actually leading the legendary event until an engine failure.

While the Spaniard's future is unclear, other than his burning desire to claim the Triple Crown, a quest that will see him contest the Le Mans 24-Hours next weekend, one has to wonder, did his Indy 500 bid inspire McLaren's desire to return to IndyCar or was it the other way around, for increasingly it appears Alonso has the real power in Woking.

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1. Posted by imejl99, 11/06/2018 7:26

"Last time around it was bad ending for McLaren - Alonso relationship (spygate, Lewis hostility). This time it could be the END for McLaren as we know and respect it. Maybe I am pushing this too far, but only time will tell how bad a decision was Alonso for McLaren. Combined with the weak leadership it could spell doom for the one of the most iconic F1 teams. In my opinion, they should wish all the best to Alonso somewhere else and focus on F1."

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2. Posted by Elf Team Tyrrell, 11/06/2018 6:26

"Smoke and mirrors!"

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3. Posted by johnfitzuk, 10/06/2018 10:16

"Good idea Zak. It is much easier to win there than F1. A cheaper idea may be to get yourself some new designers or bring back Ron."

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4. Posted by Lapps, 10/06/2018 9:49

"Hard to put any spin on this other than “McLaren can no longer cut it in F1, so we are trying something easier”
Quite sad to see the BS Brigade take over both a respected Team and F1 itself."

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5. Posted by -ape-, 10/06/2018 9:39

"What a BS triple crown , and Le mans is a one horse race this year.
A big comedy show in Woking. LOL"

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6. Posted by Italian Job, 10/06/2018 9:24

"I'd prefer them to get F1 right before spending money, time, effort on a second (attainable?) target. Or is this an American's reaction to Liberty Media?"

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