McLaren Racing’s CEO Zak Brown has tested positive for COVID-19 and has shared his frustrations over missing his and the team’s home Grand Prix.
Brown tested positive on Thursday, just ahead of the weekend and will sadly miss out at the weekend’s activities. Unfortunate for him – surprisingly, even for the fans as he was expected to showcase his speed while driving Mario Andretti’s 1978 Championship winning Lotus 79. However, given his situation, Brown will miss out on this demonstration.
“Truth be told, that is probably the one I was most upset about. I had to wave that off.
“Mario drove it at Goodwood last week, so I was going to take part in the demonstration on Friday, Saturday, Sunday – but the car has been around since 1978 so it’s not going anywhere. A little bit of salt in the wound if you were.”
While missing this opportunity is expected to disappoint him, Brown was quick to share his pain of missing the team’s, especially Lando Norris’ home race.
“I think it’s going to be a huge crowd: McLaren-mania, Lando-mania, [the crowd] being British. We were strong there last year, so I go into these race weekends with a nervous excitement, and this won’t feel any different.”
Luckily, while Brown feels fine, he was unable to shake of the disappointment from catching the virus.
“I feel fine. I’m frustrated, because I’m double-vaccinated and I’ve been ultra-careful for a year and a half but it’s just one of these that hits home when it gets you and you’ve got no idea where you’ve got it from.”