No-deal Brexit could hit F1 races around Europe, says McLaren chief

• Nine F1 races to be held in Europe in 2019
• ‘Border efficiency key’, says Jonathan Neale

The chief operating officer at McLaren, Jonathan Neale, has warned the result of a no-deal Brexit may put the ability of teams to stage Formula One meetings at risk. Seven of the 10 teams are based in the UK and there will be nine races in Europe next year. According to Neale, McLaren are already working with partners within the sport in an attempt to ensure they are ready to deal with potential difficulties.

As things stand, parliament is set to reject the prime minister’s plan, leading to the UK leaving Europe with no deal on 29 March next year. By then, the F1 season will have started and the first European race is in Spain on 12 May. Mercedes, McLaren, Williams, Force India, Renault and Red Bull are all in the UK, while Haas have their headquarters in the USA but a base in Banbury.

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Source: Formula 1

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