McLaren F1 Boss Willing to Remunerate Spa Spectators as an ‘Obligation to Take Care of Fans’

Published 09/04/2021, 7:12 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


The disappointing Sunday at Spa is far from being forgotten; especially for the fans who waited in the rain. Deprived of any on-track action, Formula 1 looks to compensate the fans for their gloomy Sunday afternoon. McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown comments on the situation, willing to do his bit to contribute to the fans.

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Brown is willing to “share our portion of responsibility” in paying back the fans at Spa even if it means monetary compensation. Brown said, “From a McLaren perspective, I’m prepared to have our team share our portion of responsibility because I think we’re all custodians of the sport. So all the teams, the FIA, Formula 1, have an obligation to make sure we take care of our fans.”

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during qualifying REUTERS/Johanna Geron

The drivers felt bad for the fans who waited in the rain for nothing; ever since Hamilton‘s comments on remunerating the fans, F1 has looked to do so.

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McLaren does the right thing with F1

After the Belgian GP, F1 released a statement regarding their efforts to compensate the fans. “Following the impact of the weather on the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, August 29, Formula 1 and the promoter are working on different options for the ticket holders, to express our recognition and thanks to them for their dedication and commitment.” 

Hamilton and Ricciardo were some of the drivers who wished to see the fans compensated for the “farce” on Sunday. F1 CEO commented on the situation. “Unfortunately the race is not there. You can pay the ticket and it is what it is. At the end of the day, for sure, the organizer, together with us, will consider the attention, the maximum attention to the fans, that’s for sure.”

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Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021 General view of drivers before the race REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Stefano Domenicali added, “It’s something that [we can discuss] together with the organizer. We are not the ones that are putting [out] the tickets. Some sign of attention could be done, so it’s something that as a gesture of attention, in terms of what will be the right reward in this condition.”

As the organizers look for a way to appease the fans, McLaren does the right thing in supporting the initiative. The fans at Spa demanded reparations for the 4-lap “race” and it should be interesting to see what the organizers come up with to do so.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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