I think I’d have to pick Monte-Carlo, because it’s recognised as one of the toughest tracks. “Winning, primarily. 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On a similar theme, can you pick one McLaren car that sums up what McLaren is and what it does? “It’s pretty hard not to say the MP4/4! It’s a bit all over the place.”, “I’d probably have to say Monterrey, California.”. And to have the drivers that we have – world champion level – it’s just an unbelievable opportunity for someone who is a life-long racer and McLaren fan first and foremost. Which one would you pick and why? It’s all wrapped into one. The news follows last week's announcement that Ron Dennis had been forced to relinquish his position as MTG chairman and CEO following a meeting of shareholders. Meet the new Executive Director at McLaren. “And Jenson. I know that’s somewhat subjective, but I bet if you took a worldwide poll, he’d be right at the top – if not number-one – on most people’s lists. You’re a racer; can you encapsulate what racing means to you? I have massive admiration for what I’ve seen him do on the track – he’s a great racer. There’ll definitely be a moment of ‘drinking from the fire hose’, because the next season starts on a fixed date and I don’t have the luxury of taking as much time as I would like, but that’s all great. When you say McLaren, I think of the best; I think of attention to detail; perfectionism; technology; passion. “Definitely, it has to be when Ayrton drove for McLaren in 1988 and the fierce battle that he and Alain Prost had in ’88 and ’89 and beyond. Gallery: The McLaren-Honda saga in full “First of all, I’ll probably go and look at the cars on the Boulevard for a little while before I actually get to my desk! It’s clearly the heart of the Formula 1 calendar – everybody knows Monaco – so it’s kinda like the world champion of grand prix tracks. Zac was brought up in a small town right outside the northern portion of the Georgia Mountains and was the eleventh child in a family of twelve children. Ultimately, I think of McLaren as the ultimate world champions.”. MotoGP Legend - Randy Mamola: Through the Years, The Awesome Race Circuits F1 Drivers Want On The Calendar, Hamlin: ‘Proud of what we’re building towards’. "Having worked closely with McLaren for many years, I've been struck by the talent and ambition of the entire workforce, and I very much look forward to complementing the business's many existing strengths, and building on them to drive future success in everything we do. With your Formula 1 fan’s hat on, can you pick one grand prix that really sums up the character, essence and success of McLaren? Then we need to work really hard to deliver that for them.”, “My favourite movie has to be ‘Senna’. “Well, I think Fernando is the best race car driver in the world. “I think it’s critical that we as McLaren and of course the entire industry really focus on our fan base – I’ve talked about that a lot over the years. It’s just an unbelievable privilege.”. Formula 1 / Top List. Formula 1 in 2017 will introduce new regulations, including a new aero package and bigger ’80s-style tyres. Or Hall & Oates’ Greatest Hits. McLaren said their search for a new CEO continues, but described Brown's arrival as 'part of a restructuring programme that will align the Group's commercial and strategic operations relating to achieving success in Formula 1'. Would you like to view the site in Español? So what does the McLaren name mean to you? "I'm immensely proud to be joining McLaren Technology Group," Brown, 45, said. My number-two closely behind would have to be Mika Hakkinen. Together we've delivered some great sponsorship deals, including Johnnie Walker, GSK, Hilton, Lenovo, Chandon and NTT. It’s a lifestyle, it’s an event that’s tough to win, and it’s one that McLaren has won tons of times – led, of course, by Ayrton.”. "I'm immensely proud to be joining McLaren Technology Group," Brown, 45, said. American businessman Brown - a familiar face in the F1 paddock thanks to high-profile sponsorship deals done by his company JMI - will work alongside COO Jonathan Neale, with both men reporting directly to the MTG board. How Zak Brown’s 2011 Commodore purchase led to HSV buy-in . Having him as part of our three-driver line-up, two world champions and a future world champion, we certainly have no excuses in the driver category.”. "I have the utmost respect and admiration for what the business has achieved to date, and I look forward to contributing to the next important phase in its development. Zac Brown was born on July 31, 1978. “The role has got to be initially about learning, understanding and building relationships. How important do you think it is that Formula 1 is constantly trying to evolve and improve? What do you think about McLaren’s innovative three-driver line-up for 2017? I’m sure you’ll agree that McLaren has the most incredible, loyal and passionate fans. “Then, once I’m sat down, I’m just going to want to start learning, and meeting people: learning what’s been going on, understanding how things work. “So that’s going to be critical for us, moving forward. They were fantastic memories, and it’s fantastic to see those cars on the boulevard at MTC.”. It’s a belter – pranky comedy, and really funny.”, “My favourite album would probably be by U2 or Elton John. His music taste was heavily influenced by his older brother’s and sister’s collection of records, including hits from famous musicians such as It’s not passed me by that we need a title partner, not only to help continue to build our brand, but also to economically make us go faster.”. 17:20 22.11.16 22 Nov 2016 17:20 (UTC) Getting to know: Zak Brown. "Best of all, in my new role I'll be able to combine my absolute passion with my unparalleled area of expertise - respectively motorsport and marketing - while ensuring that the two stay totally aligned. I also have the privilege of owning Mika’s MP4/16 – so, whether every McLaren fan will agree with me that that’s the coolest car of all time or not, I’m very biased!”. I want to hear what they love about McLaren, about what they’d like to see McLaren do. I would like McLaren – just as we always have – to lead the way at it and continue to do that with a real emphasis on the commercial side. Close, We have noticed that you are using the English version of our web site. Close, Meet the new Executive Director at McLaren, New McLaren executive director Zak Brown has yet to get his feet under the table at the McLaren Technology Centre – he doesn’t officially start until December – but he took time out to speak to mclaren.com about his first impressions of the organisation, his hopes for the future, and why he likes to sneak a listen to Hall & Oates’ Greatest Hits during a rare moment of down-time…. Accept, We have noticed that you are using the English version of our web site. Getting to know: Zak Brown. I first moved to the UK in the early ’90s, I’ve been coming to England for 25 years, and I’ve lived here now for three years. “Stoffel sent me a very nice message yesterday, and he’s clearly a future superstar. His debut race with us was very impressive, especially given the circumstances, the short notice he had before he was drafted in. “Racing has been my life for my whole life: everything I do is around racing and the automobile. We’re all in this for the fans, and McLaren needs to hear from our fans about what they want. What a great world champion, and what a great ambassador for us and the sport. If you have a big healthy fan base, everything else falls into place – the sponsors, the television, the merchandise and, ultimately, the economics that make the sport work. Then, I can start to act on some of the things that I’ve seen and heard, and push through the different ways in which we can improve.”. “I want to hear from them! Introducing the new BTCC channel on Motorsport.tv! This site uses cookies. “I was an Ayrton man, and still am an Ayrton man! "As founder of Just Marketing International (JMI) - now the world's largest motorsport marketing agency - I've often worked closely with McLaren as I say, and I've developed some excellent relationships across the company. Would you like to view the site in 中国? ", © 2003-2020 Formula One World Championship Limited. My whole family is here – it’s our home. In terms of box-sets, I have to say [hidden camera show] ‘Impractical Jokers’ is the funniest show around. When I’m on an airplane, I tend to watch TV shows, like CNBC’s sporting specials, rather than movies. Meet the new Executive Director at McLaren. I’m a petrol-head, so I guess that’s a really boring answer, but I think it’s a spectacular movie. He seems to really be a McLaren man. I think we’re all cheering for us to get to the front of the grid, and I really do pay attention to what the fans say: I read the blogs, I read the social media posts. Brown, who is still 10 months away from his 40th birthday, was born in Los Angeles and harboured dreams, rare for an American, of being a Formula One driver. “That’s a really good question! He … Visit our cookie policy to find out more about our use of cookies and how to opt out. When you sit behind your desk on your first day, what will be the first task on your job-list?