Brown: Sponsors 'wouldn't mind' noisy engines in 'sustainable' F1

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Brown: Sponsors 'wouldn't mind' noisy engines in 'sustainable' F1

McLaren boss Zak Brown doe does not believe that a return to noisy engines in Formula 1 would chase away sponsors from the sport as argued by Mercedes, as long as it follows a path towards sustainability.

Grand Prix racing's stakeholders have started to discuss the framework that will surround F1's next generation engine that is expected to be introduced in 2025.

While further enhancement of the current power unit's hybrid component is expected, Red Bull is in favour of a return to high-revving "emotive" engines, as advocated by team boss Christian Horner.

But his Mercedes counterpart, Toto Wolff, believes F1 would lose its crucial relevance if the sport went back down the "noisy engine" path, arguing that following such a direction would result in a swift departure from F1 of many of its commercial partners.

Brown believes that as long as F1 takes a "sustainable" approach to its future, it could get away with pumping up the volume and powering its cars once again with screaming engines without suffering a sponsor exodus.

"What’s most important is that Formula 1 is sustainable," said the McLaren Racing boss. "You can get there a variety of different ways and I do not think sponsors, as long as Formula 1 is sustainable, are concerned over how you get to sustainability.

"So if it’s an ICE unit with sustainable fuels, or if it’s electric or hybrid, the important thing is that Formula 1 is leading edge technology and that sustainability is critically important to the sport and the world."

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Brown believes that Wolff's stance is understandable given that he represents the view of an automotive manufacturer that is embracing the industry's paradigm shift towards electrification.

"I think what you heard there was more a view of an OEM [Original Equipment manufacturer] who probably wants the sustainability element to be consistent with how they go to market," added Brown.

"I think what's important to the corporate partners is sustainability. I think they are less concerned about what the product is to get you there.

"So, do I think fans and corporate partners would be turned off if Formula 1 was sustainable in a technology direction that was maybe different to the automotive industry? I do not think corporate partners and the fans would mind at all.

"But we do have to take into consideration the OEMs, because they’re a massive part of the sport, huge contributors, and we need them."

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Grosjean enjoys 'pump of adrenaline' maiden oval test

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Grosjean enjoys 'pump of adrenaline' maiden oval test

Romain Grosjean underwent his first IndyCar oval test this week at the World Wide Technology Raceway oval in Madison, where the Frenchman spent the day 'turning left'.

The Dale Coyne Racing charger took to the track for the crucial test with wife Marion and the couple's children looking on, and the high speed stint was actually the first time the latter had seen their Dad live in a racing car.

Grosjean is on a part-time deal with DCR, having initially agreed to run only on IndyCar's street and road courses. However, the former Haas driver has been tempted into an oval experience and will make his oval debut next month at the WWTR's 1.25-mile track.

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Grosjean admitted that running all day and only turning left "feels a bit strange".

"Very different from everything I’ve been doing before," he said. "From only turning left, to having a car that wants to turn left on its own.

"But I must say the pump of adrenaline is really high. It’s fun. There’s a lot that I need to learn about it.

"So far, I’m really relying on my engineer telling me what to expect and (to) give me the best setups so I can build confidence."

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At the end of the day, the former Grand Prix driver reckoned he had enjoyed a solid test.

"It’s going to be good," he said. "It’s just Tuesday, so I’m still processing a lot of information, but by the time we come back I should feel better and have better faith.

"It’s been so fun. It’s been smooth. I’m trying to take it steady and understand what the car is going to do for me."

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