May 7 - McLaren is definitely not being sold to Audi, team supremo Zak Brown insists.

It has already emerged that the British team reportedly turned down a EUR 650 million offer from the Volkswagen brand ahead of its expected F1 debut in 2026.

"We've had talks with Audi, but we're not for sale," Brown said in Miami.

"We have very clear ideas about how we want to get McLaren back to the front. We are talking about significant investments here and things are also going very well in terms of sponsors. Morale couldn't be better.

"So we have no interest in selling the team. We are McLaren and we will remain McLaren," the American is quoted by Speed Week.

However, Brown is still leaving the door open to a change of engine partner for 2026, when both Audi and Porsche will enter the sport for the new regulations era.

"This decision will be taken by Andreas Seidl," Brown said. "He will tell us which engine we should go with in the future."


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    • Swede

      McLaren is a public company, so it has shareholders and a board of directors who actually make such decisions.
      The largest shareholder of the McLaren Group is the Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, the sovereign wealth fund for the Kingdom of Bahrain (the royal family of Bahrain).

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        • ReallyOldRacer

          Correct. Private company. At this point Zak is pretty much running the show. McI has had big time sandland investors for a long time.. I suppose that those investors could revolt & try to gas him, but not bloody likely at this time. Like him or not, he's doing a pretty good job.

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