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Zak Brown, manager of McLaren, is urging the governing body of Formula One to be more open and honest in their operations.
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Zak Brown, manager of McLaren, is urging the governing body of Formula One to be more open and honest in their operations.

Zak Brown, Chief Executive Officer at McLaren, has voiced his discontent over numerous controversies stealing the spotlight from the beginning of the Formula One season.

The following day, an ethics committee of the FIA, the governing body for F1, declared that its president, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, had been cleared of any misconduct regarding claims of interference. A whistleblower had accused Ben Sulayem of trying to unfairly impact F1 procedures on two different occasions.

Seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton criticized Ben Sulayem on Thursday, claiming he has never backed the FIA president. Brown expressed his belief that the secrecy surrounding the FIA must come to an end. “We are in 2024, not 1984, which means complete transparency,” he stated on Friday. “We need to ensure that everything is done in a transparent and truly impartial manner. I believe everyone should support transparency.”

The FIA is currently handling more than one situation. The situation became more intense this week when Susie Wolff, the leader of the F1 Academy all-female racing series, filed a legal complaint against the FIA.

Brown addressed a series of inquiries regarding the multitude of controversies plaguing F1 prior to the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park on Sunday. “Everyone hopes for a resolution to these different issues so that we can return to the sport of motor racing, but I believe that until all the lingering questions are answered, people will continue to inquire,” Brown stated.

The current circumstances, where we’re three races into the schedule and still discussing these matters, are not ideal. It’s crucial for the FIA, our governing body, to promptly and openly handle these issues and reach appropriate conclusions.

Brown also hailed Oscar Piastri’s evolution 12 months on from the hometown driver’s Australian Grand Prix debut. The Melbourne-born driver is hoping to become the first Australian since F1 started racing at Albert Park to secure a podium finish.

Oscar Piastri in his carView image in fullscreen

Piastri’s teammate Lando Norris went fastest in the first practice of the weekend on Friday, pipping three-time world champion Max Verstappen in a positive sign for McLaren’s bid to match it with powerhouses Red Bull and Ferrari. Piastri briefly led P1 early, but ended up 10th-quickest, one spot ahead of fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo in his first drive in Melbourne since 2022.

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Brown was amazed by the swift adaptation of Piastri to the world of Formula One racing. “He’s already a very mature young man, and after a year, he clearly has a greater sense of confidence due to his experience. I believe this will only lead to improved performances on the track,” he stated.

During the initial hour of practice, there was a ten-minute delay due to Alex Albon crashing his Williams into a wall. Fortunately, the Thai driver was uninjured, but his vehicle sustained significant damage to the gearbox and lost a tire.

For the second time in a row, Verstappen came in second place in the second practice session, while Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc emerged as the winner. Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz also had a smooth comeback to the track, following his absence from the Saudi Arabia race due to surgery for appendicitis two weeks prior.

Source: theguardian.com