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Formula 1 hopes to return to China

The head of commercial technology at McLaren Racing expressed his hope that Formula 1 would soon visit China again after losing out in recent years owing to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai has been absent from the calendar since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and isn’t part of the 2022 schedule either.

Green expressed his desire to reunite with Chinese fans and return F1 competitions to China in the following way:

At some point in the future, we’d love to return to racing in China. It’s quite thrilling. China is “an tremendously significant market for us all around,” he told Xinhua, adding that it is “always a wonderful race with some amazing supporters out there for us as well.”

He expressed excitement for working with China because it “frequently the leaders” in innovation.

“We always monitor the state of the Chinese market first. They frequently take the lead and push innovation before other regions of the world do. We always keep a careful eye on this market, he remarked on Wednesday at the Collision technology conference.

Aside from 900 speakers, 1,500 startups, 1,200 journalists, 850 investors, and 100 unicorn firms, Collision, one of the biggest technology conferences in the world, is taking place in Toronto from June 20 to June 23. Green spoke there.

SUSTAINABILITY DRIVEN

Green discussed McLaren’s position and developments in their campaign for “greener” racing as sustainability and electric vehicles (EVs) gained momentum:

Sustainability is a pretty fascinating topic. We now have two EV series, one with the four-by-four battery off-roading Extreme E and the other with the newly formed Formula E.

He continued: “We need to review our sustainability and definitely get stronger and better at it. I think we’re doing some great work already, but more is to come.”

“I think they (EVs) help challenge us and they give us areas to look into and review as a team and see how that inspires other racing series.”

ASSISTANCE IN TECH

Green highlighted the importance of technological innovation in motorsports:

“Technology sits right at the very heart of what we do in Formula 1 racing and across all our racing series at McLaren, but no more so do you see that on track with Formula 1, whether the difference in performance can be as much as hundreds of milliseconds.”

“You need all the data, all the telemetry, every bit of information you get your hands on in order to create better strategies, help design the car, and ultimately, make sure you make the right decisions for our drivers to finish as high as possible at any given race weekend.”

On Sunday at the Canadian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen of Formula 1’s Red Bull team extended his lead in the current championship season with a victory in Montreal.

However, both McLaren drivers finished outside the top ten in that race, with Daniel Ricciardo of Australia finishing 11th, while Britain’s Lando Norris ended the race in 15th.

Green, therefore, stressed the need for more technology partnerships to gain a competitive edge and improve their cars.

“In a nutshell, all our partnerships are there to make us go faster, whether or not that’s on the track or off the track. We need to find technology and companies that help us analyze all that data.”

“On the track, we look for partnerships that can help us analyze all the data coming from the cars, we roughly generate about 11 and a half billion data points per season, which is more than we could look at as a team. So we need to find technology and companies that help us analyze all that data.”

(Inputs from IANS)