McLaren have talked with VW Group, says Brown – Reuters

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis
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” I am hearing they (Volkswagen) are going to do something with Red Bull on the Porsche front,” Brown told press reporters at the McLaren factory.
” I believe theyve spoken to a handful of individuals on the grid and as you would envision we have had conversations but in the short-term and medium term were extremely delighted where we are.”
McLaren currently use engines supplied by Mercedes and Brown said that would not alter till a new engine is presented in 2026.
Red Bull have taken control of Hondas intellectual property following the departure of the Japanese manufacturer at the end of last season and are establishing their own powertrain business.
The contract with Honda covers the period of an engine freeze, which will run from this year till the sport presents the next generation of power units.
Brown said McLaren would wait and see whether the Volkswagen brands did choose to start.
” I think thats not been definitively chosen and if they do (go into), we have an agreement (with Mercedes) through this term,” added the American.
” Naturally were going to assess where we are and whos in the sport and take a decision on what were going to perform in 2026 in due course.”

McLaren team principal Zak Brown, positions for a photo at the McLaren Innovation Centre in Woking, Britain November 21, 2018. REUTERS/Will Russell

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WOKING, England, Jan 18 (Reuters) – McLaren have actually talked with the Volkswagen Group, whose Audi and Porsche brand names have been linked to future Formula One entry, but absolutely nothing has actually been agreed, according to group employer Zak Brown.
German paper F.A.Z. has actually reported that Volkswagens supervisory board will decide at the end of February whether both Audi and luxury brand name Porsche would go into the sport. learn more
Sources told Reuters at the end of last year that a possible partnership in between Audi and McLaren was on the table, but undecided.

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