The boss watches the McLaren MCL34

The Kingdom of Bahrain owns more than 50% of the British group, which disputes in Sakhir "one of the home races" with the need to score.


The entrance to the Sakhir circuit is presided over by an imposing building with the McLaren logo, easy to see from afar, and several sports cars from the British firm at the entrance. McLaren Territory, they seem to warn, because the manufacturer operates from Woking, but its owners are in Bahrain. The Mumtalakat investment fund, which belongs to the Bahraini state, has more than 50% stake in the McLaren Group, the parent company from which the racing team, the sports manufacturer or the technology division come. Only businessman Mansour Ojjeh, a Frenchman of Saudi origin who represents the TAG group, has been one of the owners since the 1980s, now holding close to 20% of the shares. Now there is also an important percentage for the Canadian Michael Latifi, in addition to minority investors.

The two great owners of McLaren at the beginning of the century, Ron Dennis and Mercedes, have long since left the board of directors, 2017 and 2011, respectively , and without Honda among the group's partners, this is the grand home prize for the team along with Silverstone. When the bosses are present on the track, but especially in the box, pending that the car they are supporting economically, even without the important Japanese sponsorship, finally meet on the asphalt.

"It is one of our careers ", says Gil de Ferran, sports director, who expects to repeat the equality of Australia in the middle zone: " We have two circuits visited, it is still early to know how we will adapt to this ".Lando Norris has good memories, here he achieved his first pole and his first victory in Formula 2 a year ago, and Carlos Sainz is looking forward to a track after a first race with McLaren too short, just nine laps until the Renault engine of his MCL34 broke. The objective, to pass without difficulties the learning period in free practice, to qualify near the Q3 and to score points, as all the teams on the grid have done except for them and Williams. The Spaniard, to As: "Once you put on your overalls and the team is working, we give the same importance to all the great prizes, although I would hope that this weekend was a little better. But not with more pressure , in F1 you always have it, in any grand prize.



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