For as long as McLaren fans remember the 2021 F1 season, moments such as the remarkable Daniel Ricciardo win at Monza, home to the Italian Grand Prix, will be recounted. But perhaps what may not remember all too much or at all would be rumors such as Audi was to buy McLaren.
Imagine a hypothetical situation.
Bruce McLaren has just won a Formula 1 Grand Prix with his typical Kiwi unflappability and returns to the paddock to cool off with his teammates.
He logs onto to the Internet during in the aftermath of the Grand Prix or as they say, the post-race award ceremony . Among the many things that automatically pop up on his screen is a news item from an auto blog that says, “Audi all set to buy McLaren.”
Now imagine what the great man’s reaction might be upon hitting what’s no less than a fictitious bump in the road? Had he been there, wouldn’t he have laughed off the entire proposition, saying perhaps something on the lines of the following:
“Who wants to buy my group without my knowledge and know-how?”
In an age where a fastest lap or a last-lap surge to the front of the grid aren’t the only reasons to follow Formula 1, rumours have concertedly become a significant player in the topsy turvy F1 world- have they not?
For had that not happened in the first place, one may not have emerged with a head-scratching development such as the latest piece of news, which isn’t even a piece of complete information in the first place.
Though a people can say a thing or specific news and it’s that soon as the rumour sprang to life, there was an unforeseeable rise in news updates, words, attempts to get to the bottom of the story, none of the queries though finding any meat whatsoever.
And yet, a question remains unanswered.
Just what was the reaction of those who had kept high hopes from a piece of news that was junk, and just what course of action would have led to such an enormous blip?
The following is what McLaren had to say when asked about the ‘supposed’ piece of news. Which did, after all, take everyone by storm?
Several hours later, the McLaren Group put out a statement: “McLaren Group is aware of a news media report stating it has sold to Audi. This is wholly inaccurate and McLaren is seeking to have the story removed.
McLaren’s technology strategy has always involved ongoing discussions and collaboration with relevant partners and suppliers, including other carmakers, however, there has been no change in the ownership structure of the McLaren Group.”
The above piece of information, it ought to be noted, had featured on Autosport.com, which made the effort of clarifying what were essentially rumors since the beginning.
Something that’s often caught the eye or attention, in some cases, where the realm of motorsport is concerned, is the piece of news that suggested that teams like Audi and Porsche could enter Formula 1.
And that’s no rumor.
Now imagine what might that bring to the sport, should two of the most renowned automotive brands such as Audi and Porsche actually enter F1?