British GP: McLaren CEO Zak Brown to Drive Andretti’s Lotus F1 Car at Silverstone

Published 07/14/2021, 9:36 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021 McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


With the conclusion of the first triple-header of the season, all the attention turns towards round 10 of the season with the British GP. This weekend’s race at Silverstone will host a full-capacity crowd for the first first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year.

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To make this occasion more special, F1 is going to host the Historic Cars 70 Anniversary demonstration at Silverstone. And that is where McLaren CEO, Zak Brown will get behind the wheel of the 1978 Lotus 79.

Mario Andretti originally drove the Lotus 79 during the 1978 Formula 1 championship. The American driver is one of only two drivers to have won races in Formula 1, IndyCar, the World Sportscar Championship, and NASCAR.

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Lotus 79 proved to be unbeatable during the 1978 world championship. The car won its very first race at Belgium GP and went on to secure five more wins that year. As a result, both Mario Andretti and Lotus won the 1978 drivers’ and constructors’ championships, respectively.

The car most recently competed in the Hillclimb at the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where Daniel Ricciardo drove Ayrton Senna‘s MP4/5B.

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What did McLaren team boss Zak Brown say?

“It’s going to be an amazing event at the British Grand Prix this year. To be involved in the Historic Cars 70Anniversary demonstration is a real honor and to have a full circuit of fans is going to make it a mega weekend,” said McLaren CEO, Zak Brown.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 26, 2021. McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS.

“I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of my Lotus 79 around the amazing Silverstone circuit,” he said.

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Lotus 79 demonstrations will take place as follows:

  • Friday, July 16,1:05 PM BST
  • Saturday, July 17, 09:50 AM BST
  • Sunday, July 18, 12:55 PM BST

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The British Grand Prix will be broadcasted on Sky Sports F1; this will include coverage of all events over the Silverstone weekend.

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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